Thursday, November 11, 2010

Worries about Remembrance Day

       In my head Remembrance Day  is fairly straight forward. I think of the thousands of men and women who served their countries in the armed services. For all of these people there were sacrifices of various degrees. All of them showed bravery and willingness to be well prepared for their duties.

      It seems to me that the meaning of Remembrance Day is becoming complicated. There are a variety of voices that speak and the message is not as focused as in the past. When World War veterans were prominent in large numbers it was easy to focus on remembrance and be lead in remembrance services.

     As time went on more wars were fought and peace keeping activities took place so we added other aspects of remembrance. Some of our armed forces never participated in action but still made tremendous contributions to our peace and safety.

      Much more is being done in schools for remembrance day activities. Students are being taught about our history so that remembrance becomes more meaningful.

     It worries me when I see comments on twitter and other sites that place a much less value on peace keeping services. Peace keepers have been a valuable service to our country and other countries in the world.

      This year there has been a controversy about the color of poppies. Some promote a white poppy to represent peace. Others promote a purple poppy to remember animals. It seems like a petty issue. Red can represent all issues. Why do some people try to hijack an issue to promote their own bias?

     Where we really show our respect is how we treat our veterans when they return from wars and leave the services. Lately our government seems to want to cheap out on services veterans require as a result of serving their country.

     An inspiration to me is an 87 year old veteran who I skate with. He keeps us informed about his activities and shows the pride he had in serving our country. He also tells us the horrors he went through. He's also very honest about the difficulties he  experienced since his return. He is truly a shining example of people who served their country. He helps to focus my remembrance.


  1. Red, I commented earlier but for some reason it didn't post. Although I looked you up several times in my dashboard it never showed you had a blog. It wasn't until a recent comment on one of my posts, where I discovered your blog. I'm very delighted you've been a loyal reader and equally delighted to check in on your ramblings. You say you're old but I look in my mirror and see an old man staring back (actually quite scary) but I look at your photo and not sure we agree on the definition of old. :-)

  2. Hey Peter the birthday numbers are starting to get big. Turned 71 in Oct.
    Looks don't mean an awful lot. It's what's in your head and then your health.
    Noted that in a recent post you made comments on the precarious conditions of a couple of friends. I thought of a recent quote I posted."A real friend is one who walks in when the rest walk out." Walter Winchell
    Have a good one.