EDITORIAL: Why Remembrance Day matters so much
There’s a lot going on these days. These are busy times. The idea of society collectively pausing for a minute or two to reflect on anything seems like an impossible task.
Yet it’s the important task that we are all entrusted to fulfill on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day very much still matters. In some ways, now more than ever.
It was a disappointment to not be able to gather on Nov. 11 last year. But it’s understandable. Given the age of many of our veterans, hosting gatherings during COVID-19 at that time would have been ill-advised.
The sad reality though is that every year there are fewer surviving Canadian veterans of WWII and other conflicts.
It’s good form to try to remember to carry cash on you in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. It’s the least we can do. But, still, having other payment options available only makes getting a poppy easier.
The challenges Canadians face today are in many respects different than those faced by previous generations. The pandemic has been a hardship for many — and it has also spurred many discussions about the nature of freedom.
Likewise, the future of warfare is changing. There are many military historians who say future conflicts will be fought very differently from past conflicts.
It is important for our young to learn about the past both so they understand the sacrifices that were made and also so that they can prepare for the future.
This year, we pause to remember those who died fighting for our freedoms and to honour those who served.
Lest we forget.