"In Flanders' fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row." – Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians join together to remember those men and women who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we enjoy today. It is also a time to thank the families and friends of those men and women who have been left behind to pick up the pieces of scattered dreams and move ahead without that special loved one. The sacrifice these individuals make is unimaginable and Remembrance Day is a special time when we can show them how much we as Canadians appreciate all that they do.
I recently came across an article regarding Remembrance Day. In it, the author noted that Remembrance Day is not just about war and those we’ve lost, but also about the ideals and what we stand for. It also went on to say that Remembrance Day is about respecting our past and looking forward, and more than anything thanking those who have served. Reading this it had me reflect on how we as Canadians participate in our Remembrance Day service in our own community. It is important we take time out of our day on November 11th and remember and thank those who serve in our communities today.
As Canadians, we often take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis. We also do not realize just how much sacrifice, dedication and support it takes every day to support these freedoms. You may not notice or take the time to thank the person that will respond to your family at their greatest time of need – when their freedoms are compromised. Each and every day, our military, local first responders – police, fire departments and EMS – put their lives on the line to protect our community and our country. Their service keeps us safe and creates the harmony that every community strives for.
Recently, I was reminded how much we take our safety and security for granted. Unfortunately, we live amongst a population of good and also not so good people. However, I do take comfort knowing the good does outnumber the bad. We don't realize how many men and women it takes to serve in our communities, in our countries, so that we can enjoy the privilege of protection, safety, security and the comforts of home.
So remember, November 11th isn't just a day off of work and school, it's not just the day to put up your Christmas lights, or a day to sleep in and read the paper. It is a day to remember, a day to be thankful, and a day to be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy and the security we need to thrive in.
Today, I also want to take this opportunity to thank those in our community that have spent tireless hours to help us remember and thank those brave men and women for all that they have done or do. To the History Committee for their wonderful display in the Legends Centre, thank you for spending time to help remind us of the past. To the Remembrance Day Committee, thank you for creating such a special event to honour our fellow Canadians who have sacrificed so much. I encourage each and every citizen to participate in this year’s Remembrance Day Service at the Brian King Centre on November 11th at 10:30am and also take time to visit the History Committee’s display in the Legends Centre. This Remembrance Day take the time to remember and say thank you.