Remember that today is Remembrance Day, or Veterans’ Day in the US, if Canada is too boring to remember. Remember to wear a poppy, if it’s available to you. I’ve remembered to wear mine for about three weeks. Remember that this day is not about the wars that have been fought, but the peace that has been achieved.
Remember the Alamo. Remember the Maine. Remember that much of the world, especially here in North America, lives safely, stably, happily, and prosperously. Remember that, all it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. Remember the members of the Armed Forces, present and past, who have refused to do nothing, and have put themselves in harm’s way, to ensure that we live as we do.
Remember to thank a Service-Person today (and every day). Remember to shake his or her hand. Remember to give a hug, if it’s appropriate and welcomed. Remember to face the flag, and stand quietly and respectfully at 11:00 AM. Remember that they volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way, so that we wouldn’t be. It’s the least you can do.
Remember the sacrifices that others have made, that we might have what we do. Remember those who have lost lives and limbs, and mental and emotional well-being, careers, education and even families, for us and ours.
Remember that a man wearing a helmet and defending our country, is worth more than a man wearing a helmet and defending a football – and should be paid accordingly, but sadly, is not.
Remember that the Canadian Thanksgiving is just past, and the American Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Remember to take all the things you’re thankful for and understand that those in uniform ensure that we have most of them.
Remember that the Armed Forces are like insurance. You don’t want to use it, but it’s very nice to have when you must. If only the American Congress could remember to play nice with others and remember to pay this vital and respected group.
Remember….sshhh, it’s almost 11:00 AM. Remember what I told you, and stand quietly, respectfully, at attention, for two minutes. I will. I’ll be watching, and I’ll be back in a couple of days.