Remembering To Remember Remembrance Day

Today’s society has a lot to thank the past for. If people hadn’t fought for us and our children back in the world wars, it’s unlikely that we’d be sat here as we are. War is ugly, and no matter what your stance on the conflict, we always ought to sit back and remember those who literally laid down and died so that we might live. Does that sound dramatic? Perhaps because it WAS dramatic, it has to be.

From the time we are in school, we are reminded of the sacrifices people made back in the First World War and the Second World War, and whilst death and destruction aren’t really “kid-friendly” topics on the surface, they help our children to realise how lucky they are. Each generation comes with its own suffering, but around this time of year, families can hug their children a little closer knowing that they’re not going to have to ship the little ones off for evacuation.

It’s important to remember Remembrance Day. We hold Remembrance Sunday ‘celebrations’ out of respect, but the day itself is 11/11 to mark when war officially ended. On the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the Great War ended. Sadly, that was not to be the end of matters, and we remember World War Two, the Iraq war and plenty of other conflicts that have happened at the same time.

Remembrance Day isn’t a day about war at all, really. It’s a day about peace, and keeping memories alive. Through us and the stories and the respects we pay, we can be eternally grateful. Our children should ask their grandparents stories whilst they still can – things were very different back then, and it’s often fascinating when they have everything at their disposal and general safety to remember days of rations and air raid sirens. The poppies and songs serve as a reminder for our reflection!

We unfortunately do not know what our future will hold, but we will hopefully learn lessons from our past. It’s frustrating as an outsider to watch governments go to war and lives lost in the name of things so far away. When things are on your doorstep as they were in years gone by, it was probably easier to understand why we had to do what was done.

No matter our views, we are lucky to be here. So tonight, hug your children a little closer and make sure they know about how the world came to be what it is today.

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