Remember the Somme! Remember D-Day! Remember Korea! Remember Iraq! Remember Afghanistan! And while you’re at it, remember the brave, selfless members of the Armed Forces who have put themselves in harm’s way, in the past and the present, so that you can peacefully celebrate their bravery and sacrifice.
November 11th is almost upon us. Here in Canada it is known as Remembrance Day. In the U.S. it is known as Veterans Day. Other countries have different names for it, but it’s all the same thing.
Despite the somewhat twisted outlook of some anti-war protesters, this Day, and our reverence and respect for it, and the people it represents, are not an acceptance or celebration of war. Rather, it is the celebration of the end of one of the largest, deadliest conflicts the world has seen, and an ongoing prayer that we might see the end of all such conflicts.
Some peace-lovers denigrate the military, but even the most devout of pacifists should remember that wolves and coyotes exist. The peaceful shepherd employs a sheep-dog or two to remind them that they have to get past some hired fangs, to get to the lambs.
I hate war and conflict as much as any peacenik. I devoutly wish it did not exist. If you also hate war, good for you. But remember, and honor, those in the past, and those who continue in the present, to give so much, so that we all may have so much, in peace!
I was going to proceed with Remembrance Day, and Poppy trivia, but that just takes away from the importance of the central theme. Wear a Poppy, with pride and appreciation. Attend a cenotaph ceremony, or at least watch one on television. Hug a Veteran, gently, or salute one, or at least thank one, for going in harm’s way, that we might continue to enjoy our peaceful lifestyle.
Remember the Maine! Remember Pearl Harbor! Remember Dieppe! Remember your safe and happy family. Remember the cost to our protectors, and their families. The American Thanksgiving Day is coming, remember to be thankful to those who ensure that we can celebrate it.
Remember to observe two minutes of soberly contemplative silence, Sunday morning at 11:00 AM, and