This week we had Remembrance Day. It is a public holiday and an important one too. This year we even had Prince Charles laying a wreath in Ottawa. All across the country, it seems in most communities of any size, there is a parade or service to mark the day and to celebrate our Veterans.
It seems to me that Canadians as a whole do respect this day and these services are well attended. Poppies are worn by most people, young and old.
Canadian service men and women are still losing their lives – in Afghanistan. Perhaps because those news stories come too regularly, this “holiday” is still relevant. I think that it is all bundled up with pride in our nation, its role in the world (as a peacekeeper) and in Canadian values of community.
Whatever the reason, it is a rare holiday where the true meaning is still honoured. (Next stop Christmas!)