something to Remember…

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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.

For some,

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.

Here goes…

Why is the Poppy the symbol of Remembrance Day?

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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

and also

to recognize the sacrifice

of all our soldiers.

Take a minute to read the most recognized

Remembrance Day Poem in history.

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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.

in 1918.

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

Armistice Day was inaugurated in 1919

throughout much of the British Empire,

but on the second Monday in November.

In 1921,

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.

In 1928,

some prominent citizens,

many of them veterans,

pushed for greater recognition

and to separate the remembrance of wartime sacrifice

from the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1931,

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.

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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

that although

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.

Just sayin’

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.

They fought,

they died,

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!

my grandfather and his entire unit. The Royal Canadian Air Force

FYI:

The arrow on the bottom right side

is directing you to my Grandfather.

~ Make it a great day everybody and God Bless~

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