On November 11th it is Remembrance Day in Canada. As we remember the brave soldiers that were willing to lose their lives, including many that did, numerous people are questioning the ethical behavior of stores putting up Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. Some believe this to be disrespectful to those who sacrificed themselves for the freedom we enjoy today. This debate has increased in recent years and I understand the fear some people have of potentially forgetting the past generations of Canadians and their allies that fought for freedom. There is a famous quote that states “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Those that are going to take the time on November 11th to observe a moment of silence or take part in one of the various scheduled ceremonies will do so regardless of the decorated stores. In Canada, Remembrance Day is not a national holiday. Many provinces have taken it upon themselves to recognize it as such and would be best suited if it were considered by the federal government to be a national holiday. Another way to show others that you are thinking of veterans is to wear a poppy. You don’t have to donate a lot of money for one and is a simple gesture that shows pride in your country.
Lest We Forget.