November 11th is a profoundly symbolic day that we should uphold as a time of introspection and reflection.
KSS teacher and Remembrance Day events coordinator, Mr. Mansley, took time out to share his insight on the importance of observing Remembrance Day and why we wear a poppy over our hearts each November 11th. He reiterates that, although Remembrance Day is a day to reflect upon the past, it’s deeply rooted to the present. We may not be fighting World Wars anymore but the toll of previous events should still be respected and remembered in our lives today.
Mansley states that, “It is important for us to remember the sacrifices that were made to keep our country safe and independent. It is also important to honour the sacrifices our soldiers still make for our country today.” It is crucial that we observe Remembrance Day in ongoing recognition of the impact others made on our lives as Canadian citizens, and to say ‘hats-off’ to veterans of World War I, World War II and other conflicts in which we have attempted to establish peace. Most often these conflicts were far from home and presented horrific conditions. By observing Remembrnace day we honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend peace. The paradox is important and, unfortunately, sometimes necessary.
The red poppy worn over our heart commemorates these veterans. It doesn’t mean we celebrate war; nothing could be farther from the truth. It is a reminder of the things we enjoy as a free nation and of the Canadian men and women who died trying to protect our country and our freedom.
All donations from the poppies go towards the Royal Canadian Legion to help Canada’s war veterans. While only $18.00 were raised last year, this year’s outpouring has been significant and we thank all who contributed.
Please show your respect for Canadian war Veterans and donate a small amount of money such as 50¢ and take a moment of silence to remember the sacrifices made for our country today and how it’s changed your life.