Our freedom is not free! Too many brave men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives to earn us our freedom. Remembrance Day marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting on November 11th at 11:00 am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) marks the end of the first world war in the UK. Remembrance Day isn’t just about war and those we’ve lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It’s about respecting our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those who have served.
We need to take time to remember those who fought in many wars to buy our freedom. In the First World War 61,000 Canadians died, in the Second World War 42,000 Canadians died, 516 in the Korean war, 157 in the war in Afghanistan and 121 during Peacekeeping.
John Diefenbaker said, “I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”
Why Remember? If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. Read this article from Veterans Affairs Canada here.
Buy a poppy an wear it proudly to remember the many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for us!