The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things, the most important of which is the impending arrival of November 11!
Call it Remembrance Day, as I do. Call it what you will, but Remember to honor those in uniform, past, present, and sadly, probably future, who unstintingly give whatever it takes to keep us and our society safe.
It has been 100 years since Canadian, John McCrae, in the middle of The War to End All Wars, composed the poem, In Flanders Fields.
Wear a poppy. Honor the living. Mourn the fallen. Remember all you have, and who keeps it safe.
I remember that November 11th is a very special day! It is Remembrance Day in Canada, and Veterans’ Day in the USA.
You remember to do the many small, but significant, things you should do today. Remember to salute a service(wo)man – respect and thank an older veteran – drag your ass away from the mattress sale and attend a cenotaph ceremony, even if it’s on TV – stand quietly at attention for two whole minutes, at 11:00 AM. That means, turn the damned cell phone off. They didn’t fight for your right to play Farmville or Angry Birds.
Remember to think about how much the armed forces have given, so that you can have so much. Remember the peace and plenty you enjoy – and who obtained it, and continues to defend it. It wouldn’t hurt to do that every day of the year, but today it is mandatory.
I remember that my father went to sea in WWII, and that my/our world is much better because of him and his compatriots, and the valiant few who still guard us. They will be honored, as long as we remember.