I’ve been thinking a lot about Remembrance Day. I mean, a lot more than usual. Usually, I breeze past the day and make a point in the evening to take a thought or make a prayer to consider the sacrifices made by soldiers in war. This year, I’ve been contemplating how the intention behind Remembrance Day has evolved for me over the years.
I used to feel torn by Remembrance Day. Torn by the fact that it celebrates war but that I owe my freedoms to these battles fought before my time or in another country. I’m an idealist. I don’t believe in war. My grandparents didn’t fight in the war, my siblings nor I didn’t join the forces, I didn’t grow up with battle stories and all I know I learned in grade school. But, I know war is happening whether I can do anything about it or not. So, Remembrance Day has come to be a day to reflect on those who protect me.
Those who protect me isn’t just limited to veterans, though I give my full respect to their sacrifices. Protection comes from my family too. Life throws curve balls and sometimes you have to deal with things you wish you could just forget. It’s a blessing to know there’s someone who’s got your back.
I feel thankful that I live in Canada where I have choice and security. And, I hope one day there won’t be a need to trade lives for freedom, or food, or oil. Today, I will just remember.
Enjoy these beautiful remembrance day images. I found them on flickr and they’re all lovely. I wrote more about my thoughts on Remembrance Day back in 2012.