So today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the US. Which is a day to remember all who have served our countries and to remember all those men and women who have lost their lives for our freedom. I know there are many other countries that have their own holidays to remember and honor their service men and women who have given up their own freedom in order to fight for or preserve the freedom of others.
Remembrance day when I was younger was always a big thing. When I was in elementary school I was living in Germany on a Canadian military base and we always had a moment of silence at 11 am on November 11th (11-11). We would recite In Flanders Fields. We had services to honor those who fought for freedom. I am sad to see that that has declined over the years.
I took part in many wreath placing services when I was younger on the base and when I was about 7 or 8 I was the first person in my family to place a wreath on my great-uncles grave in Italy. He was my Grandmothers brother and died in the second world war and was buried in a section of a cemetery there that was reserved for Canadian military from WWI and WWII. It took us years of searching to find his grave. It had been lost somehow.
As I got older my father, when I was 11, served in the Golf War and then I went to Afghanistan in 2009 myself during the War on Terror or Operation Enduring Freedom which it was/is known as to serve our military members who were serving us (it was a support role for the military). I have had many family members and friends serve, of which not all of them came back alive. So Remembrance Day has always been a large thing in our family and for me as it is for many.
I am happy to see this year the messages on the TV reminding people to pass along and educate the younger generations about the sacrifices our men and women in uniform and also those not in uniform but that have served in some way have given to our country and to the world. I guess I am being a bit patriotic here but I love Canada and I believe in our military as small as it is. I don’t think there will ever be a way to get rid of war and suffering, though I wish there was.
The reality is however, that it does not seem possible, at least not anytime in the near future and so those who do their best to try and end the suffering of others, even at the expense of themselves and their own families, deserve to be remembered and honored for the heroes that they are.
I just want to say thanks and I love you all!