Today is Remembrance Day, as we likely all know. A day to respect, remember, and revisit notions of significant sacrifice that were made by strangers for our own wellbeing.
Remembrance Day is something we’re made aware of every year. We wear poppies, we see commercials aired on television to honour our veterans, and we stand for a moment of silence at 11a.m. I question, however, how much emphasis we truly put on such a meaningful day, and further, whether or not future generations will upkeep the tradition of this particular day as generations before them have.
I realize this is a rather pessimistic mentality, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Personally, I’ve noticed that the significance of Remembrance Day has already begun to dwindle in recent years. When I was a child, I can recall everyone pausing at 11a.m. to respect those who fell in battle for us. Today, it seems as though more and more people are choosing to disrespect the importance of this day and are rather choosing to carry on with their daily lives because they can’t be bothered to devote a few minutes to remember those who lost their lives for us.
It seriously perturbs me that Remembrance Day isn’t appreciated or respected to the extent it should be. And I’m not necessarily talking about wearing a poppy or standing in silence for a few minutes the day of. I’m talking about being conscious of what was given up by the men and women who fought for our freedom and acknowledging the extent of the sacrifice they made so we could live the lives we do today.
If you can’t be bothered to have our veterans and fallen soldiers at the front of your mind in the days leading up to and on Remembrance Day, I think it’s fair to say you likely should re-evaluate who you are as a human being. Remember them. Respect them. It’s the least we can do.
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