The Defence Team commemorates the National Day of Mourning

April 28, 2021 - Defence Stories

National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job or a work-related tragedy.

We remember those that have lost their lives to COVID-19 and other work-related injuries this past year and comfort the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) hopes that the observance of this day is taken not only as a day to remember the dead and injured, but also a day to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries.

On April 28, the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. While for the second year in a row normal workplace operations and gathering options are challenged due to COVID-19 guidelines, employers and workers are encouraged to observe and partake in the National Day of Mourning memorial in various ways. Gestures such as lighting candles, laying wreaths, wearing commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands are means through which your support can be expressed on this special day. Further, we invite you to join us and pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. in memoriam of those who passed.

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