Remembrance Day is about a lot of different things – paying tribute to those who fought for Canada’s freedom, remembering the sacrifices of those who never got to enjoy those freedoms, and a refusal to let history be forgotten. It’s also a day filled with symbolism, the poppy, the last post and In Flanders Field.
Many people wear artificial poppies on their clothes in the weeks before Remembrance Day. Red poppies symbolize the memory of those who died and white poppies campaigns for non-military interventions in conflict situations.
We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.