By the time we got around to make it an official National day of remembrance, we had a few more wars under our belt and it became a day to honor and remember those who gave their lives in battle in all wars.
It's often declared that it's for the men who fell in service of our country. But that's not quite right is it? In spirit and heart and in action they were "men". But chronologically they were boys. And in our modern age, girls as well.