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Remembrance Day, 2016 – “Lest we forget”

All of our schools will have Remembrance Day Ceremonies on Thursday, November 10th, but participation in school activities is no reason to stay home or sleep in on the 11th. It is, of course, a day off from school, but it is still Remembrance Day – the day on which we honour the memory of those who have served our nation – all too many of whom did not come home or came home for burial.

We also remember those who served and did return home to continue with their lives – lives that could never be the same because of what they experienced. A least 70 soldiers and vets have died by suicide after serving on the Afghanistan mission. The Globe and Mail has an investigation titled, The Unremembered, which chronicles the present-day aftermath of war. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/remembering-31-canadian-afghanistan-war-veterans-lost-to-suicide/article32657290/)/)  We remember them on Remembrance Day. And their families – the families of the fallen and the broken – families which will never be the same and who grieve and suffer, we remember them on Remembrance Day. Finally, we remember ourselves. We dare not forget that we are the beneficiaries of sacrifice. In our self-remembering on Remembrance Day we ever seek to recommit ourselves to peace.

 

Please attend a service in your communities on Remembrance Day.

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