REMEMBRANCE DAY. What does Remembrance Day mean to you? Depending on your age, the answers to this question could be quite different. Take a moment and reflect.
A member of the Canadian forces said it like this, Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to parade with pride, showing our respect for those that went before us, and our pride in the accomplishments of our Regiments. Remembrance Day affords service members, cadets, RCMP officers and protective services the opportunity to publicly demonstrate our histories, accomplishments and our fallen comrades.' For these special people Remembrance Day has a very special and deep meaning.
What does Remembrance Day mean to children? I believe it depends a lot on what they have been taught and what they have seen first-hand from family members. Giving veterans the opportunities to share their experiences with our kids would go a long way towards helping to keep their memory — and our history — alive. Having our children involved in our Remembrance day services goes along way.
Many of us wear the Red poppies as a way to show respect for the many men and women who have served their Countries. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in peace and have so many freedoms. These same freedoms we take for granted here in this peaceful nation. But if you just turned the globe a little you could be living in war ravaged countries where freedoms are not common place. Peace is not common place and safety is not common place. Men, women and children live in fear most of their days.
Thank you to all our veterans and their families for your sacrifices, gains, losses, tears, sorrow, anguish, loneliness, celebrations and laughter. Thank you to all our past and present day service members and their families for all that you have done or are doing to keep our Canada safe, protected and free. Canada is what it is today because of you. A land of freedoms we enjoy everyday.
On November 11th, 11 hour, take the time to remember, no matter where you are.
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.