Finding meaning in remembrance
Every November 11, Remembrance Day is a day for all Canadians to remember and honour the individuals who served our country to create a better world.
Building a career and earning an education in a country with endless opportunities, without constant threat and destruction due military conflict, is not how the story unfolds for many people in the world.
For many people in this day and age, an understanding of war largely comes from classroom teachings, stories from those who have experienced it, and sometimes even from videos or photographs. Although, the privilege of not having lived through war and violence comes with being disconnected from this time. It can be easy to forget.
There are many ways to make Remembrance Day meaningful. The Royal Canadian Legion invites Canadians to attend Remembrance Day Ceremonies across the country. Find your local Remembrance Day Ceremony on the Legion’s website. With COVID-19 limitations in mind, the Legion has also organized the Virtual Wall of Honour to help Canadians gather for this day in a virtual environment. The flag at the University of Manitoba will also be lowered on Remembrance Day.
If you are not attending a ceremony, consider finding ways to remember on your own. Take two minutes of silence to pause and reflect on what this day means – to recognize the sacrifices of Canadian veterans, to honour the memory of those who have fallen, and to commemorate the courage of Canadians who are still serving.
Veteran Affairs Canada also suggests other ways to remember and show gratitude on Remembrance Day and beyond.
Reflecting on war and conflict can be difficult. If you are struggling during this time, reach out for help at the links below. The solemn nature of this day doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of yourself – it’s even more important to show yourself kindness and patience as you navigate a topic that may be difficult for you.