I was surprised this blog post was not easy to write. I wanted to have something on The Hub that paid tribute to the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country during times of conflict and peace. But beyond that “want” I was stumped.
Remembrance Day was simple when I was young. School classes researched what war was and learned what the day symbolized while assemblies and services were etched into the schedule on Novmeber 11th (or the Friday before). Plus, my grandparents, who all served in WW2 in their own way, were alive with their stories giving service to one’s county a personal meaning.
Today in Canada, I am so far removed from the effects and history of war. The closest I come to war these days is global news. I do not find it natural to think of the lives lost, the scarifies made, and the freedoms won. I need to make a concerted effort to remember. I need to buy a poppy (or three) and find a service on November 11 in my community.
So why would I write about Remembrance Day? I can write because I enjoy the freedom of being a Christian, the freedom of casting an election ballot, the freedom of education, and the freedom of personal safety.
I enjoy these freedoms because of the sacrifices other have made, both surviving and dead. Others had the courage to defended and promoted Canadian values of freedom, democracy, and human rights. The least I can do is never forget – to remember.
I am also reminded not to overlook those who’ve served, or continue to serve, in recent times. None return home unchanged, although some struggles are not as obvious. Their service has value, regardless of your opinions of the politics of war. Looking at the global news, how can I not see that our world is not whole– it is divided because of human violence.
On Saturday November 11, I will bring my kids to Pickering City Hall for our local Remembrance Day Ceremony. Together we will remember those who’ve served and think of ways we can become peacemakers in our communities.
“To our God, what thanks can we offer, but a broken heart, a contrite spirit, obedience, charity and a love for our fellow man. As the Psalmist said: “For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?” (Psalms 6:5)” https://canada.lds.org/remembrance-day-thoughts–reflections