We had a great day yesterday – a day of celebrating, but not all ‘happy’ celebrations
The early morning was quiet, then off to the cenotaph to Remember.
It’s a somber occasion of course, and I always feel a sense of pride in the patriotism of our armed forces – then and now. I personally have not lost any loved ones in any wars, but am grateful for the sacrifices that were made, and feel for those who have experienced that kind of loss.
But a feeling of sadness came my way as I heard things like:
- a local school disallowed poppies as they ‘glorify’ war
- a comment was made indicating that wars fought haven’t resulted in true ‘freedom’, as in safe streets and no bias – but the commenter was certainly ‘free’ to make that comment
- the worst, though, was learning that, until recent years, those Canadians who fought in Korea were not acknowledged as war veterans (with whatever supports and benefits should have been afforded them)
So I’m just here to state that I don’t like war anymore than anybody else – but I certainly appreciate the benefits and joys of living in a country where I can freely believe as I wish, celebrate those beliefs with others, and express my beliefs and opinions without fear of recrimination from the authorities – and I will continue to honor and remember those men (and now women) who sacrificed themselves, and even gave their very lives to preserve those freedoms.
Now that’s enough ranting – on to happier things.
Family gathered to celebrate a couple of birthdays yesterday
We laughed and ate and shared memories and made plans. Then decided we needed a ‘nice’ picture of Mr Soccer and Ms Student
It took all of these:
Before we were finally happy:
Today would actually be my father-in-law’s birthday celebration as well, were he still here with us. But his memory is still alive in all of us, and we shared some of those memories again yesterday. Other family and friends also celebrate November as their birth-month, live too far away to be able to join us, but I wish them all a wonderful celebration wherever they are.
Happy celebrations. Blessings, Peg