Monday, November 11, 2013
Today is November 11th - in Canada, that means Remembrance Day. It is a day set aside to acknowledge our veterans, and those currently in service of the armed forces. It is a day to show our respect and thank them for all they have done/are doing.
My grandfathers both served in the RCAF. They were both pilots. One fought overseas and the other was a flight instructor. My maternal grandfather rarely talked about anything from that time (this is something I often hear from others as well, that their loved ones really didn't talk about anything to do with war).
Today, I will watch the Ottawa ceremony on the news, and will take a moment of silence. I will make a phone call to my husbands grandfather (who was also in the Air Force) and thank him for his service - as I do every year.
As a mom, it is important to me that my children know all about Remembrance Day. I see how things are changing, and a lot of the younger generation don't care at all about it - and that saddens me. I don't want my children to be those that don't care.
Mr. J always asks about Poppies and why we wear them, and I try and answer the best I can. My answers get a little more in depth each year. Today, he asked me for a poppy. We were going to a store, and I told him we could get one. When we were checking out, they had a box of poppies at the cash, so we bought one for him to wear. He plans on wearing it to school tomorrow - to show his support of our troops.
Today is Remembrance Day - I remember.