November 11 – Remembrance Day – But do we really remember?
November 11, Remembrance Day. A day to remember. Sadly, so many of us don’t take the time to truly remember. We often enjoy a day off from work or school. We might briefly watch a news clip about someone else’s Remembrance Day event. But do we truly take time to ponder what has happened, the loss of life that occurred during the wars, and what those lives meant to our current freedoms. Do we stop to think ‘why didn’t I go to a Remembrance Day event?’ Mostly, it’s just not a priority. Even for myself, I haven’t given Remembrance Day the respect it deserves until recently. As a society, we are falling more and more away from public formalities and widespread group gatherings. It gets harder and harder for people to be available at the same time, let alone want to do the same thing at that specific time. People now work on holidays. Not all stores close down, tempting us to shop rather than observe the tradition of the day. Sporting events are held on these day, again drawing us away from the reverence of the day and into a different atmosphere altogether as we cheer our favorite team on.
So, how do we honor Remembrance Day? We start by choosing to remember. Choosing to take time to attend an event. We tell our kids why it’s important to attend an event. We remember that it’s about more than just a war, it’s that someone gave their life for our freedom. We teach our kids to value life; their own life and the lives of others around them.
At Grieving Together, our motto is ‘Honor, Respect, Remember’. We choose every day to value life, and the loss of life.