Thursday, November 11, 2010

What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

This question popped up on my facebook today and, of course, you get some people answering this with the usual smart-alecky responses.

"Long weekend!"
"Time and a half at work!"
"Another wasted day!"

And that, in my opinion, is so disrespectful and demeaning to the hard work and sacrifices made by our armed troops in times of war. Remembrance Day is a day to remember the brave men and boys who fought for peace and independence. It is observed on November 11 to mark the end of the first World War. It is a day for quiet contemplation, for reflection, for honouring those who lay down their lives in service of their country and fellow man. It is NOT "another wasted day" and should never be regarded as such.

To me, Remembrance Day is a day I am fiercely proud to be Canadian and fiercely proud of our armed men and women fighting for peace and independence. It is a day to remember and honour those who fought so bravely for independence for me and future generations. It is a day to remember the dead and to honour them. It is a day not to be forgotten.

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