Toronto Argonauts defensive back Matt Black shows that only fit CFL reproduction starts on the same day Canada remembers those who made the final victim to the ground.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have fun at B.C. Lions in the Semi-divisional Semi-finals before Saskatchewan Roughridera hosts the Winnipeg Blue Bombers West Division contest, while Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The CFL will mark the day stopping Hamilton-B.C. plays at 14 o'clock ET – 11 Pacific time – for a moment of silence for Canadian defenders. The league will also promise veterans during the coin roll before playing in both competitions, and players will wear a macro sticker on their helmets.
This is all important for Black, a ten-year defensive back that has won two Gray Cupa with Argos. The 33-year-old Torontkin also received the Trophy Jake Gaudaur Veteran's three-year-old CFL player, which best describes the attributes of Canadian military staff.
"The CFL, for me, is something that is so Canadian through and through," Crn said. "It brings so many different and different backgrounds together and we celebrate something that is so Canadian, this football game we have played so long for here.
"I think it's good that Daydream Day is happening on the Day of Remembrance because it can bring the Canadians together. It is an opportunity to think about Canadian values and appreciate the fact that our values come from our diversity and our differences and to celebrate it what makes this country so special and so great … and I do not know a better way than remembering our soldiers during the football match. "
Tiger-Cats are just one example of long-standing Canadian football with the Canadian army. Ticats were formed in 1950 by merging Hamilton Tigers and Hamilton Wildcats.
Wildcats played at the Union Rugby Football Union from 1941 to 1947 and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union from 1948 to 1949. They were formed to fill the void created when the Hamilton Tigers stopped working that year because some of their players joined army.
The team was renamed Hamilton Flying Wildcats 1943-44 to reflect the staff of the Royal Canadian Air Force in its ranks. The Tigers continued the operation after the Second World War, and two clubs joined in order to form Tiger-Cats.
That connection certainly resonates with CFL board chairman Jim Lawson. His dad, Mel, played a relegation with Wildcats and won the winning TD to win 23-14 fans over Winnipeg RCAF Bombers at the 31 Gray Cup at the Varsity Stadium.
At age 20, Mel Lawson became the youngest winner in the history of Gray Cupa.
Lawson's grandfather, Charles C. Lawson, owned by Wildcat in the 1940s, was a key figure in the merger that formed Tiger-Cats.
Eight years ago, CFL launched Jake Gaudaur's veteran trophy. Gaudaur is the oldest commissioner in the history of the league (1968-1984), but has also been flying for the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II.
The Black Award was awarded in 2016 and said it remains a career.
"When I look at playing 10 years in CFL, that's what I'm proud of," he said. "To be recognizable for the work I do in the community, to restore the trust and respect of my teammates, coaches and peers throughout the league, at the end of the day you are playing this game … and to be recognized because it is truly humble.
"Standing on the stage and seeing how my family was proud, my mom, my dad, my brother and sister, my wife and daughter, and knowing that I was in that position because of the values they embedded and the beliefs they had in me is much bigger than you. That's really the honor and the most proud of my career. "
Black, who won eighteen-year Toronto Tournament in late Ottawa Toronto, was among the group of CFL players and staff visiting Canadian troops in Lviv, Ukraine and Marseille in France before 2017.
The purpose of the trip was to help strengthen the morale of military personnel, but Black said that the official armed forces were inspired.
"They have left the comfort of everything we have in Canada to help spread Canadian values and ideals around the world," Black said. "But they go into completely unknown situations and sacrifice all the comfort and security we have, so we do not have to go through it.
"You never think about it until you come and see it for yourself and you really appreciate it." At this moment, we are not even in the war and we have people working to help us. "" You have to be thankful for that. "
Winnipeg Coach Mike O & Shea also has military ties. The four-time champion Gray Cupa (three as Argos player, second as assistant coach in Toronto) and father of the Canadian football club Hall of Famer, Michael, served with the Royal Air Force as a Haviland mosquito bomber during World War II before emigration to Canada.
"My dad did not talk much about the war, but if you ever asked, he would have told some stories," She said last year to Ed Taitu, the director of the Bombarder content. "He came to this country before I was born, but his pride in Canada was obvious.
"People who serve, without talking about it, only show a certain amount of pride for their country. That's why they serve and it's one of those things that resonates with me."