The Living Monument

We must poppiesremember. 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 (Robertson).

Remembrance Day is typically full of words like “bravery,” “sacrifice” and “selflessness.” We have images that are now so familiar to Canadians: the muddy devastation of Passchendaele, the pebbled beaches of Dieppe, the sandy beaches of Juno, and more recently of Kandahar. Even those images like those are merely narrow snapshots into these conflicts and the deep history surrounding them .

Tomorrow isn’t just another holiday or three day weekend. It’s a time to reflect on the gravity of armed conflict and those who fought it for us, both the living and the dead. We owe them that honour.

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