Posted: November 11, 2011 in Current Events

These are the things that I remember and ponder on Remembrance Day:

1. First and foremost, the ultimate sacrifice made by those that have fought for our country and for our way of life, and those whose service is ongoing.

2. An appreciation and recognition of what they fought for.  What would it be like now if they hadn’t?  Would we still enjoy the same quality of life?  Would our freedom and democracy be in tact?  We should appreciate what we have, which includes participating in our democracy.  The biggest insult to fallen soldiers is to squander and take for granted the freedom for which they died.

3. Regardless of the honour of fighting for freedom, war is hell.  Advancing peace and understanding in the world are goals worth fighting for as well.  When the rest of us blow it, soldiers have to step in.  All of us have a responsibility to advance a cooperative and harmonious spirit, to strive to understand other cultures,  and to offer a helping hand when we can.  If all of us are a little more preoccupied with peace, perhaps soldiers can spend less time occupied with war.

  1. Michael says:

    I was reading recently about a 90 year old war vet. I was thinking about posting something for today as well. Maybe I’ll just put my comments here.

    I think we should remember the soldiers who survived as well as those who fell. Yes, they lived, for which I am sure they are grateful, but no one survives war unscathed, either physically or emotionally.

    I also think of the merchant sailors, some of whom died. The others survived, with minor or no pension benefits because they were not soldiers, but braving the high seas to bring supplies and/or munitions to others.

    Even civilians were scarred. WWII was also an organized genocide against Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and political opponents of many stripes. It is estimated that 12 million civilians died in concentration camps in WWII. Combined with the other genocides of the 20th century, an estimated 24 million civilians have died. Despite uneven efforts by the UN and others, these uneven contests, pitting trained, armed soldiers against untrained, unarmed civilians have continued to this day.

    I think of all these things today.

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