Remembrance Day 2016. A time to remember … the bravery, the courage, the sacrifice, the valor. Men and women who knew what freedom meant. Men and women who did not let fear of the enemy quash their desire to serve their country. Their desire to put the good of future generations above their own self-interests.
On this day we would do well to pick up some history books and learn about the battles our soldiers fought and the causes that sent them to war. We would do well to teach our children and grandchildren about people in countries near and far whose freedoms have been taken away from them or are being eroded ever so slowly by the imposition of tyrannical agendas. Men and women who are presently escaping murder, rape and torture for values that go against the ideologies of their governments.
We would do well to remember with respect, those who put democracy at the forefront of their thinking and who continue to stand to protect it. We are heartbroken to hear of senseless acts of vandalism of those symbols that stand for freedom. We are equally heartbroken to hear of empty shelves in foodbanks established for the very people who sacrificed limbs and organs so that we may enjoy leisure, prosperity and all we take for granted.
We would do well to turn off the television and sacrifice just two minutes of silence for those who stood front and center in battles across this earth’s horizons – battles that still rage on, though in perhaps quieter and more sinister ways, but stifling our freedoms nonetheless. And we would do well to take up the cause of freedom and fight back in ways that we know today: emails, letters, phone calls and yes, protests, because freedom is after all, all that we ask. Our democratic freedom.
Let us pause on this day and say thanks. Let us not take for granted our democratic freedoms. Let us not forget.