Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day) is a conflicting day for me and I know for a lot of other people.
Many people believe in commemorating the day for personal or patriotic reasons.
Others do not believe in commemorating the day because they do not believe in war.
Or from others that I have known, have had grandparents who were in the previous world wars and don't believe in it from the mental and physical consequences that war can and does cause a person.
- I feel for the spouses who don't get to see their partners everyday because of deployment.
- I feel for the spouses/family who at anytime could get the visit at the door, (like any dangerous occupation) that their spouse or family member is dead.
- I feel for the children who don't see their parent or in some cases both parents for months or years at a time because of deployment.
I do not like war but I know that Canada would be a very different country if WWII was not fought. I would not have been born here because people of my colour would never have been allowed in this country. Canadians would most likely be speaking German (nothing wrong with the German people, I don't judge groups), not English and French. That would have been a very different world to live in.
So my conflict continues but I will continue to strive for a more peaceful world, where nations do not have to continue to fight for one and other, for freedom that should be guaranteed because we are all human.
What does Remembrance Day mean to you, if anything at all?
Till next time,