Every year on November 11th, we take some time to reflect on all of the sacrifices made by the men and women of Canada’s military over the years. This is a very important day to me, made a little more so this year after the murders of two Canadian soldiers in Ontario and Quebec last month.
In 2007 while backpacking through Europe I was fortunate to visit Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach, two very important sites in Canadian Military history from World War I and World War II respectively. Up until that point in my life, Remembrance Day to me mostly meant school assemblies and thinking about veterans and the sacrifices they made every November 11th. However, standing in those places and imagining what it must have been like for the soldiers fighting and dying for the freedoms we take for granted every day was a truly moving experience. I was 22 at the time, and most of the soldiers who fought in those wars were younger than I was.
We are so very fortunate to live in the free and democratic society that we do. There are many people on this earth who are not so fortunate, and one of the main reasons we have the lifestyle we do is the hard fighting and sacrifices over the years from the men and women of our armed forces.
Although the wars and battles of today are fought on a much smaller scale than those of the past, the brave men and women in the Canadian Military deserve our ongoing thoughts and support. You may not always agree with the political ideology of the day, but there is absolutely no doubt that the people who fight to maintain peace and eliminate evil from our world deserve our unwavering gratitude and respect. So on this November 11th, please take some time to pay respect to the members of our armed forces; past, present, and future, I know I will.
Lest We Forget.