I hope people will take the time to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies and acknowledge the sacrifices of our war veterans, even though it falls on a Sunday. This year it is more important than ever to celebrate this day. Each war which our men and women have fought in is important, but this year our focus will be on World War I. On November 11, it will be one hundred years since the end of World War I. The last WWI veteran passed away in 2010. It is important to remember the soldiers who fought to keep us safe and free, even if they are no longer here to be acknowledged.
While our focus will be on the end of World War I at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, we will also remember those men and women who fought in World Word II, in the Korean War, the war In Afghanistan and in peace keeping missions. Young people who may consider WW1 and WW2 as “ancient history” have found a new significance in honouring our soldiers, as it is now men and women of their generation who are being honoured and remembered. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents lost members of their generation on battlefields, our children and grand-children have also.
Canadians share the desire to thank and acknowledge our veterans. Remembrance Day is an important day of gratitude and thankfulness. There are more young people at Remembrance Day observances because of our new veterans, the phenomenon of the Highway of Heroes, the death of our first female soldier and because of the deaths of two soldiers on Canadian soil. All of these events have made us realize how important our military is to us and why we want to acknowledge those who fought for us, and those who have died protecting us. We no longer feel as safe as we once did, and we know that our soldiers keep us safe and protected. It is so important that we don’t take for granted the freedoms we enjoy and the rights we have because of the bravery of our men and women on the battlefields
On Remembrance Day, our community will pause to reflect on what these men and women, our Canadian soldiers, sacrificed for our safety.
Let’s show our veterans how grateful we are by wearing a poppy. However, proper etiquette is to remove the poppy is after 11:00 a.m. on November 11. And please do not light your Christmas lights until after Remembrance Day. To do so shows disrespect to our soldiers and veterans.
Remembrance Day is the day to remember the wars and conflicts we have faced as a nation and to thank our soldiers and veterans.