Symbols of Remembrance Day include poppies that people wear and place at war memorials, wreaths, cenotaphs and the poem by John McCrae called "In Flanders Fields". The tradition of Remembrance Day includes a one or two minute of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The Last Post is played followed by the period of silence followed by Reveille. This often brings tears to my eyes.
Each year it seems that less and less people can find the time to attend the local Remembrance Day services held in their communities. The people who do end up attending these services are for the majority the 'older' people in the community or those who had/have family serving in the military. Everyone young and old should realize that the reason we have the rights and freedoms that we do are because of those brave men and women who fought in World War I, World War II, Korean War etc. and who are fighting against terrorism now.
I believe this quote from the Canadian Armed Forces program they run called Canada Remembers sums it up well: "It is important to teach our youth to understand and appreciate what those who have served Canada in times of war, conflict and peace stand for and what they have sacrificed for their country'. www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day I plan to attend the ceremonies with my children to emphasize to them how important Remembrance Day is!
Thought of the day: How can there be "self-help GROUPS"?
Quote of the day: The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.-Czeslaw Milosz, The Issa Valley