In Canada, Remembrance Day – at the 11th hour on the 11th month – is a solemn time to commemorate the civilians and military personnel whose lives were lost in conflicts since World War I.
Like many of my generation, members of my family fought in both World War I and World War II. For the surviving family members, that day was filled with great sadness and reflection.
Many families would not speak of the war, perhaps because to tell those stories meant to re-live the horrors of the inhumanity and the incomprehensible loss. It’s possible that in order to continue with living many need to blot out the pain of the past.
But Remembrance Day provided and continues to provide a process and a permission for us to grieve for those no longer with us. It’s sorrowful and full of meaning for the living.
As Canadians, we take those brief moments to remember all the lives that were taken and the ultimate sacrifices that were given so that we may live in peace.