“Lest we forget”

I may not agree with war, and I may not have been alive for any of the wars to understand what they went through. But I don’t think I need to be to give them my thoughts on Remembrance Day1. I could lie and say that part of the reason I chose the color scheme for my birthday party was for Remembrance Day, but I won’t – though it did cross my mind when I was buying my red Gerbera Daisies.

Remembrance Day is one of those days that always fills me with such great appreication for the great men and women who sacrificed their lives for everybody else. Even the ones who survived and came back were never the same. I’m not sure if they knew what they were getting into… or whether, if they did would they have gone anyway? But it doesn’t matter, the point is they went and we need to honour them by remembering.

I’ll admit I don’t know the name of a single person who I should be remembering, but2 I believe that a person’s soul doesn’t have a name but it certainly has character and there’s a collective characteristic that all those involved share; I think that their souls’ are what is important to remember. So I remember their efforts, their sacrifices and their hearts.

Of course, we also have to remember those who are in Afghanistan3; I hope they stay safe – even though I know that’s extremely difficult over there.

Do you remember?

photo ©yewenyi

Footnotes:
  1. or any other day I so choose[]
  2. ok, for those cynical people out there – there’s spiritual talk coming[]
  3. at least us Canadians[]

responses to ““Lest we forget”” 7

  1. @mspennylane I disagree. Many people during this period of time are feeling hardships just like the western world did 65 years ago. The only difference is that the atrocities are happening away from western media. Anyone who lives in Darfur, Iraq, southern Turkey, Tibet, or Palestine know exactly what it is like.

  2. I don’t think anyone from our generation could even begin to feel what it must have been like, but yes we can still remember. I think it becomes easier to remember when we think of people like us (like you said about the souls) – young, full of life, ambitious, scared…. they were just normal but their lives were turned upside down. And still today, we are comfortable at home because of the efforts of so many others.

  3. @AmeriGlide: Don’t be ashamed, we can all get wrapped up in our lives and forget but you didn’t forget completely! The only reason I won’t forget is because poppies are shoved in our faces for a week or two at the shops before this day. Thanks for stopping by!

    @trench: I didn’t know your brother was in Afghanistan 🙁 am thinking of him and sending safe well wishes his way.

    @Ken: Thanks 🙂 I’m glad you don’t think I’m just a sap like some other people. LOL

    @Gary: I’m happy to hear you haven’t lost anyone from your family; its such a harsh reality of life isn’t it? I wish it weren’t so.

    I considered adding your URL back in, but its your decision and I don’t want to get in the middle of this 🙁 if you ever change your mind I’ll add it back in for you.

  4. My family has a long history within the military. Thankfully, I haven’t lost any to war within the past hundred years. But, living only a few blocks from an army base and spending quite a bit of time there (my girlfriend’s step-father is in the army), I have seen the sadness it brings all families within the community.

    (I won’t leave my blog url, because I don’t want to seem ‘in it for myself’, even though I have done a lot for the community, gave away free plugins, spent hours helping others, and never said anything bad about ‘you know who’.)

  5. I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I did not know it was veterans day until I visited google this morning.

    I think not knowing a specific name is okay and have a similar outlook to yours.

    To me, Veterans day is more about realizing and recognizing that there are a lot of people who gave their all to bring us to where we are today. I might not agree with everything my country does, but I can certainly respect the countless souls who have given their all to this country.

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