Remembrance Day is a day to think and remember all of the women and men who have risked and sacrificed their lives for Canada’s freedom. Not just for our veterans, but also for the men and women who continue to serve our country. This is not a day to celebrate war, but to celebrate freedom and give thanks to those who fought for it.
I am a pacifist, and I wear a poppy every November. I did not, and do not have family members who fought in a war. My Grandpa was a young boy, living in a small town in England during World War 2. He remembers collecting shell casings that had fallen from the sky. As for my mom’s dad, I never met him. All I know is that he ran from Hungary and came to Canada.
And still, I stop to reflect and remember my history lessons, to try and understand what these men and women had experienced even though I never will.
What people need to understand though, is that this day is to celebrate our freedom, remember what those brave men and women did for our country, and honour our veterans. By wearing the poppy for the first two weeks of November, we are showing our support.
We need to keep this tradition, to pass it down to our children so they can pass it down to theirs. This is a part of history that we need to learn, and to remember, because each generation from the next needs to learn and remember, too.
Like I mentioned above, I am a pacifist. I do not believe in war but that doesn’t change the importance of today, Remembrance Day. "Lest we forget."