It’s time to buy our poppies. Remembrance Day is only a few days away. This is a very important day for Canadians and for all Commonwealth nations. It’s a time to reflect and give thanks to those who willingly defended our way of life. Commemorating the lives lost in the four wars (World War I, World War II, the Korean War and most recently the Afghanistan conflict) that Canada has taken part in, we not only owe our soldiers a debt of gratitude, it’s also a time to remember not to take anything for granted.
Although we are reminded to keep a moment of silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November to commemorate the Germans signing the Armistice, which ended World War I, we needn’t feel it necessary to limit our moments of reflections there.
When we stop to think about the importance and meaning of Remembrance Day, it is difficult not to get choked up. We live in a great country – one that, for the most part, celebrates diversity, tolerance, peace and freedom. While citizens of many other countries find themselves in war and oppression, Canadians have continued to enjoy our way of life. That said, when we do find ourselves amid conflict, collectively as a nation, we certainly don’t take lightly the thousands of men and women who willingly sacrificed time with their families, not to mention their lives, in the armed forces.
There are many things we can do to honour those who have fought for Canada. Flying our beloved flag is one way to let our neighbours know that we thank them for their duty. But you can also get out and show your support. On Remembrance Day there are many gatherings organized throughout Canada that allow us to actively show our gratitude. Don’t just watch it on TV! If you can, get out there and show our veterans that you are thankful for their service and proud of their legacy.
Another thing you can do is to donate a few dollars to the Royal Canadian Legion, which helps former servicemen and women with everything from food to putting a roof over their heads. If you’re pinching pennies together these days, you can volunteer in other ways.
This year, why not do something completely different for Remembrance Day? Put some meaning behind your words when you say that you are thankful to our veterans – whether fallen or still Healthy Living and needing our help.
And don’t forget your poppy!
Until next time,
Peace, love and vitamin C!