Lest We Forget Wednesday November 11, 2009

There is no doubt that Remembrance Day matters. We all wear our poppies and we all, in a way, understand the point. We need to remember those lost to war, those lost on our behalf.

What I’m beginning to doubt, however, is the effect this day has on the population at large. Am I calling you insensitive, or ignorant or less than informed? No. What I’m suggesting is that we are no longer unsettled by the images. Black and white photos are nostalgic, not painful. Aging men in uniform are regal, not broken. We remember because the wounds of the past should never be forgotten. We just need to take a step and remember that this is not a distant black and white photograph. We need to remember that although we morn the loss of soldiers from wars that happened decades ago, this time next year, we will also be morning the loss of soldiers that we may have walked by on the street yesterday.

You may have never met a solider, or his family. But let me tell you something about them. They are proud, they are strong and they are not boastful. They ask nothing of us and give us everything. Their body’s ache, their minds tire, their families go without, and all because they feel for you, what you may or may not feel for everyone else.

Lest We Forget

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