As most of Canadian’s I spent my years in public education, learning about Remembrance Day, taking part in the school service, and wearing a poppy. I had the additional privilege of my Grandma, Mom and Aunt being members of the Royal Canadian Legion. I am not sure what my friends did on the day off from school and work, however I knew I would be at the legion for the service and the lunch after.
My family continues to be active members of the Royal Canadian Legion, (I am also a member of the ladies auxiliary at the same branch, but just on paper). Every year I spend at least $7 on poppies (I saw the Man who gave the reading in Cree today wearing a fantastic beaded poppy, and I think I need that, it didn’t look like it would fall off).
After finishing High school I continued to join my family and attend services on Remembrance day. I have been to services in many locations including on a military base with our soldiers.
Now that I have 3 children and my husband often works on this somber day, we do not get to a formal service. I make it a point to be at the service at our daughters school (which is incredibly done each year and adds to how blessed I am to live in this country.)
What I am instilling in our children is the importance of Remembrance Day and the people who serve our country. It isn’t just a day off from school and work. There is a reason. It is my job as there parent to instill in them the reason.
Today we slept in (THANK YOU WORLD), no television on till 10:30am. We talked about why the TV isn’t on, and when it will be put on and what we will do while it is on. At 10:30am I turned on CBC to the coverage of the service in Ottawa. We watched the story of the Silver Cross Mother and discussed what she represents. At 10:55am we stood in the living room in our pajamas and sang O Canada with the rest of the country. We stood at attention and in silence and sent positive thoughts and thankfulness to the veteran’s on TV.
Had you looked in our living room window this morning, you may have laughed. I have cried this morning, had goosebumps and shared with my children the importance of this day. Rhett has discovered and enjoyed all the different types of hats, Brylee appears to enjoy the music and Kendall asks great questions and we have had great conversation. We saw a real live princess (she wasn’t young, nor was she wearing a fabulous gown). I have seen my children watching my reactions and in those moments I am modeling to them the importance of this Day.
We are thankful for our safety, our opportunities and the blessing we have for living in this magnificent country.
We will again attend official services, as the children get older. Until then we honor the veterans and our soldiers, in our living room, wearing our pajamas and with extreme thankfulness.
What Did you do in Remebrance of the people who make it possible for us to live in freedom each day?