Summer is over–the days are getting shorter, there is a chill in the air. November is here.
What comes to your mind when you think of November? Winter approaching, perhaps the busy holiday season/ Christmas shopping and family get-togethers. This is probably true of most of us. There always seems to be so many things to do and so little time to do them.
Most families have holiday traditions that carry on from generation to generation. I dare you to add a new tradition this November and every November by attending Remembrance Day Services. You may think dare is too strong a word, however by definition it means to have the necessary courage and boldness to do something–to challenge or provoke.
How much courage and boldness does it take for us to show respect and appreciation to our veterans. They proudly joined the armed forces, many as teenagers to fight for their country and families. Thousands died, for those and the living legacy who survived we owe a never ending debt of gratitude.
Be a proud Canadian – for our older veterans and for our present day veterans. The men and women of our armed forces continue to put their lives in danger, wherever they are called to duty. They do this for each and every one of us, to preserve our freedom and democratic country, which we so often take for granted. They may not be on a local or national sports team and get recognition and applause, but they are the ultimate national team.
Show your pride in them and our country. When you see our flag held high in the colour party in this and all parades, let your pride be seen and heard. Remember when you see a veteran wearing his medals on the Ieft side over his heart, they were not bought or given as attendance awards, they were earned.
What can you do to thank them? I assure you that is painless, but may tug at your heart. Wear you poppy proudly and if you have an opportunity give a veteran a simple thank you and shake his or her hand. Show them that you care, line the parade route, applaud for them as they arrive and as they march past afterwards. The applause will warm your hands if it is cold outside, but more importantly will warm the hearts of the veterans. Watch how your appreciation makes them march a little taller.
I am sure there will be a few tears in their eyes and in yours.
Editor’s note: Bob Fawcett of Langford is the stepson of Ruth. He submitted her letter to the editor of her local newspaper.