A Personal Opinion: Remembering Remembrance Day

poppyThere is a bill going through the Canadian parliament right now, that would see Remembrance Day as a national holiday. Right now, a few provinces that have it as a holiday, but the push is on to make it a holiday right across the country. Oddly enough, for something as important as remembering those men and women who died protecting our freedom and the freedom of others, there is a controversy looming whether or not to make this bill a law. People are concerned a day off will send people out to the malls or do other things that aren’t connected to the spirit of the day. There’s also the concern small business won’t be able to pay the time and a half if they choose to stay open, or would lose out on money/business by closing for one day.

There is a disconnect within our society. As the years progress and the two great wars become the stuff of history books, it’s looked upon by the younger generation as ‘not about them’. Canada doesn’t celebrate the victory of the War of 1812 (well, around here they do as we were smack-dab in the middle of it), and I haven’t seen or heard any American’s celebrating or commemorating the end of their Civil war. Unless we have a direct connection to the event, it’s out of sight, out of mind, and that’s a sad legacy to hand down to future generations.

Shut down schools and business for one day. One day. I can guarantee you there isn’t one Canadian family who didn’t have a grandparent or a great-grandparent that wasn’t in the war. We lost a lot of people, and I don’t think going to memorials and reflecting on a horrible time in the history of the world is too much to ask.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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