Where will you be at 11 AM this morning, November 11? I will be in front of the television watching the national Remembrance Day ceremony from Ottawa. Because it is Sunday, I’ll be able to readily observe that two minutes of silence that our fallen earned through extraordinary personal sacrifice.
Marking that moment has become difficult in recent years. November 11th is no longer a public holiday, so when it falls on a week day I have not always been able to observe the occasion. Unless of course my employer established the tradition of two minutes of silence that at least one had.
Some would say that World War I has long passed and should be long forgotten. It wasn’t the war that ended all war. November 11th may have begun as an observation of the end of the First World War, but it has become a symbol of sacrifice for all who died fighting for something greater than themselves.
Regardless of your political point of view about war, the courage of those who fought and died must be honoured. The courage of those who fought and lived should be honored. Even those who are in service today, on peacekeeping missions or in combat.
Where will you be at 11 AM? Wherever it is, let it be in silence.