With Remembrance day coming
I wanted to do something a bit different.
Year after year,
we make it a priority
to attach that poppy
to the lapel of our coats.
there is an actual effort
to watch or attend
official ceremonies for those we lost
and who still stand before us.
Here is the thing…
How many of you can actually
tell anyone of the younger generation
about what makes it such a special day
or why it is so important?
If they were to ask you simple questions
would you be able to answer them?
So I did a little research
only because it has been forever since
I was in school
and to be honest
I had completely forgotten
what I had already learned as a kid.
Of course this is from a Canadian perspective,
but history is history
and it never hurts to learn.
Why is the Poppy the symbol of Remembrance Day?
During the First World War,
the flowers often overgrew the mass graves
left by battles.
Artillery bombardments completely disrupted the landscape,
infusing the chalk soils with lime.
The poppies thrived in the environment,
their colours standing out against the blasted
and beaten terrain.
One more thing,
poppy’s are to be worn on the left lapel
because it is close to the heart
to recognize the sacrifice
of all our soldiers.
Take a minute to read the most recognized
Remembrance Day Poem in history.
Just a quick note:
The author, John McCrae
was a Canadian.
Are you still following?
What year did the war actually end?
I had to google this one.
The war ended Nov 11th at 11 a.m.
More than nine million service personnel
and an estimated 20 million civilians
were killed in the war.
Canadians referred to Remembrance day as another name,
and it originally took place on another date
but was changed.
Anyone care to take a guess?
Armistice Day was inaugurated in 1919
throughout much of the British Empire,
but on the second Monday in November.
the Canadian Parliament passed an Armistice Day bill
to observe ceremonies on the first Monday
in the week of November 11th,
but this combined the event with the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
For much of the 1920s,
Canadians observed the date with little public demonstration.
Veterans and their families gathered in churches and around local memorials,
but observances involved few other Canadians.
some prominent citizens,
many of them veterans,
pushed for greater recognition
and to separate the remembrance of wartime sacrifice
from the Thanksgiving holiday.
the federal government decreed
that the newly named Remembrance Day
would be observed on November 11th
and moved Thanksgiving Day to a different date.
Remembrance Day would emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers
instead of the political and military events
leading to victory in the First World War.
There is so much more I can go on and on about
and if you are still reading this,
than I guess you needed a refresher as well.
My intention wasn’t to teach a history lesson,
it was more about the idea
we as citizens do our duty in buying a poppy
to show our support,
or bowing our heads for that moment of silence
to honour those who sacrificed their lives
(which by the way means)
all that running around you do that day
and have no time to say Thank you or reflect
is exactly what they died for.
I think the most effective way
to show appreciaton
to those who gave us our freedom
isn’t about trying to remember
something we never witnessed,
or pretend we have an idea of the hell they went through,
but rather passing down the history of their sacrifices,
so what they stood for
is a testament to how incredibly blessed
we are to have had them in our corner.
but most of all,
they believed in us without knowing who we were.
Thinking the least we can do
is exactly the same thing!
I will end with a picture of my Grandfather and his entire unit.
The Royal Canadian Air Force.
Thank You Grandpa (Edward Watson Stewart)
and to all that served with him.
You are forever in our hearts!
The arrow on the bottom right side
is directing you to my Grandfather.
~ Make it a great day everybody and God Bless~