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.