In November, there is a calm in the air. The flurry of fall (and all those falling leaves), quickly followed by the excitement of Halloween often means that, by this time of year, we’re finding our rhythm and our autumn routines are starting to flow.
It’s also the time of year we pause and remember the people who have sacrificed so much for us. We remember the fallen and those who have served along their side. So too, do we reflect upon the lasting impacts carried by the ones who returned home and the people who love and support them.
As a kid, my dad would always take me out to the cenotaph on November 11th to reflect and show my respect for our Canadian veterans. I used to only think of the sacrifices made during times of war.
My perspective changed when I married someone who was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and realized all the work still being done today. (I also realized how long they had to be out in the cold standing still—there are some years where those long johns are not thick enough!)
As I start to see poppies on jackets, I think about my life and how it would have been different without the contributions of our veterans, current serving members and the families and friends who support them.
This year, I also find myself reflecting on all the things I took for granted ‘BCE’ (Before-Covid Era), thanks to those sacrifices. The ability to mingle with unlimited numbers of people, large family gatherings, celebrations, concerts and festivals…the list goes on. Even something as simple as a high-five or a hug!
Recognizing Remembrance Day will also be different this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t acknowledge this important day. Here are some links to help you mark Remembrance Day on November 11th:
• Check out the Royal Canadian Legion to find out how you can honour our veterans in your community.
• This year, No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is celebrating 10 years of engaging students in personal acts of remembrance. Contact them for more information.
• Go to the Canadian War Museum for information about the Remembrance Day Poppy and the Supply Line program.
I know the public health measures put in place by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer are there to keep us safe and won’t last forever. When we are in the ‘PCE’ (Post-Covid Era) and are once again able to go out and dance and celebrate together, I will be grateful and remember that I have taken these things for granted because of those who have or are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Lest we forget.