I have always observed Remembrance Day, usually tuned to the TV from 9:30 - 11:30 watching all the events, usually the one in downtown Vancouver, but also flipping channels between Victoria (our provincial capital) and Ottawa (our nations capital) - usually it's raining in Vancouver, between showers in Victoria and sunny in Ottawa. I have never forgotten and have always been there.
Today, however, I'm not at home, I'm with my mom in another province and am not able to tune in as I always have. To me, Remembrance Day is very important to remember because my mom and her family was in Europe during the Second World War, in occupied territory - something a little child shouldn't have to have experience with. She's told me that they went through school through the whole war with the exception of maybe a couple of months, and I'm amazed that despite bombings and invasions these children had a somewhat 'normal' daily life -daily school, activities, birthdays, chores. I guess that's partly because of their mothers - who's fierce maternal instincts kept her large family together and safe. I thank my grandparents for taking such good car of their family during such an awful time and also I thank my grandfather who fought in that war for sacrificing all that he had as well, it changed his life forever. Neither of them are with us today.
So now I do not know any war veterans personally, but I thank each and every one of them -and their families and their mothers - for doing what they feel is right and sacrificing so much. Its sad that they are fighting less and less for freedom these days and more for egos, power and money but they do the very best they can and for that I am grateful.
If you, or one of your loved ones is a veteran -please hug them and say 'thank you' for me?