There was those who rise and fall. Those who sacrificed their lives to protect the country we’re safely in. The ones who came back alive but traumatized by what they cannot unseen and those who never could return as they left their bleeding hearts onto the battlefield. November 11th was all they asked, for peace and love, not hate and crime. November 11th- Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day. Why was that so hard to spell? Perhaps it’s the fact that you don’t actually spell remember that made a difference. Seven years ago, I did not know of such thing called Remembrance day. What was that? What do we do? Why do we have that? What was that?
Canada is not my motherland, but I am growing up here. Seven years ago, I wouldn’t know the appreciation our citizens have to the soldiers who fought for our country. I didn’t know there was a special day we pay great attention to those who were brave enough to fight for us. I didn’t know, but now do I? I don’t know. What’s the true meaning of Remembrance day? Can you tell me? No. Why? It is because these events that happened affect you way differently than it would to me. Keeping in mind, you are taught much differently than me.
When it was my first time to witness a ceremony in my school, the first thing I noticed was that everyone was serious. Everyone had to be serious because the topic surrounding this is something we don’t joke about everyday. The first time I saw this appreciation with my own eyes, I was fascinated. I never noticed how much people took the time to give recognition for those who fought in the terrible battles.
A few years later, I noticed it was all the same. The same seriousness, poems, words spoken- everything was the same. I lost interest, but I never lost respect. This year we did something different, but some were upset. Why was that? We talked more on Refugees and their journey to Canada. That was a brilliant idea! Just because we don’t constantly talk about something, doesn’t mean we will forget it. Having something refreshing to watch increases our chance of making an impact. War doesn’t stop, it continues. On Remembrance day, we are told to recognize the war that was supposed to end all wars. It didn’t, so on this day, we should not only touch the past but look at what’s happening now in the present too.
There were certain times during the assembly where they should’ve included more traditional things we see yearly, but traditions are meant to be broken. Like I have mentioned on my other blog post, mistakes are meant to happen. It wasn’t too much of a mistake but to others it was. Though, I would like to ask you one thing, during all those years listening to the same thing, do you listen? I know that if it was the same thing from last year, I would most likely drift of to my own thoughts, barely listening because my mind is telling me I already know what will happen next.
Also, they specifically talk about Refugees today for a reason. What if it’s not a right-on straightforward type of message? What if you have to look deeper into it? Remembrance Day to me means to have respect and realize how far Canada has come as a nation. Let’s focus on the positive instead of picking flaws at other people’s recognition.