Today is Rememberance Day in Canada (Veteran's Day in the US), and we're asked to remember all the people that have fought and died in the many wars our country has taken part in. In British Colombia, November 11th is considered a holiday, while in other parts of Canada it is just another day.
I have never been in the military. Few of my family have actually served, or even gone to war. All of my grandfathers were in the second world war, and fortunately, all survived to tell about it.
For most of the year, people go about their business and completely forget how often our way of life has been challenged by those with designs to take over the world, or just a little corner of it. We have become very spoiled with the lack of insurgency and the relative peace on our side of the planet. Today there are millions going about their business, never once stopping to think of those who give their lives to preserve what we've taken for granted. Sales at retailers and the start of Christmas shopping for many will keep their minds occupied.
The phrase "Lest we Forget" is often invoked on this day, and I think it truly suits the purpose of Rememberance Day. History has taught us that those who do not learn from the past are likely doomed to repeat it. If we forget about what we've fought for, we might forget why we fight.
I hope that I never have to take part in armed combat.
I hope my children never have to take part in armed combat.
When diplomacy fails, violence is sometimes the only resort. Let's just hope the next great battles that ask us all to rise up will be for something greater than in the past… lest we forget.