is when you smile at someone and make the world a tiny bit brighter
is when you hear a baby laugh, or give a hug to the hurt”
— 10-year-old Amaya
As a child, my family never really
talked about World War I or World War II, never attended a Remembrance Day
service or visited a cenotaph. It was a holiday from school or work and nothing
more. Without any family members in the
military, the significance of Remembrance Day was lost on me until I married.
My husband’s family was involved in the war, and as a result, Remembrance Day
held a very special meaning to him and to his family. As a result our own
family, with his good example, soon took a different approach. One of honouring
and paying our respects for the sacrifices of men and women who gave so much of
themselves so we could have the life, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
In the last few years I have had the honor and privilege to
be invited, and be part of, the Remembrance Day service at Warman High School
and Warman Middle Years School. Teaching
students about Remembrance Day and the significance of this day is a very important
history lesson. Thank you to the
teachers who take this important life/history study on. It must be a challenging kind of discussion,
especially for the younger grades. It is
so gratifying to see how interested and engaged our children are around these
special Remembrance Day services. To watch them pay their respects in their own
way, delivering heartfelt tributes, and talking so freely about what they have
learned, and what they see and feel today as it relates to the world they live in, should make all of us very proud. As they recite Flanders Field or sing the
songs that have that special remembrance meaning to them I am grateful, as the
Mayor of the City of Warman, to be included in their special services.
have seen it quoted in this way – “On this day, when we honour those who have
fought for our country and our freedom, it's hard to find the words to express
just what they have given each and every one of us. So instead, we've turned to those who came
before us — some speaking to heal a nation, others trying to make sense of the
impossible events that had just occurred.”
Remembrance Day isn't just about war and
those we've lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It's about respecting
our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those
who have served.
We do have a promising future, let’s all remember it did
come at a cost to so many.
us not forget~