November 11th is always a bittersweet day for me because I want to honour the memory of those who have died for our freedom and to show gratitude for those who are presenting serving in the Canadian military. That being said this day is truly one of remembrance because I find it to be a time to reflect on those that I have loved and lost.
It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized how many members of my family had served in the Canadian military. My grandfather served during World War II but he wouldn’t talk about it — the only thing he would say is that he saw things that no one should have to experience or remember. As a teen I learned that one of my great-uncles actually lied about his age and joined the military during World War II because he wanted to serve — as a 15 year old I couldn’t imagine the fact that he was 15 when he chose to run off to fight for our country (heck, I can’t even imagine it as a 41 year old!).
When I was little girl, I have memories of going out east to see one of my uncles. I remembered running around on a ship and the fact that we’d run up and down the ship because men would stop whenever we came by and salute. It was years before I realized that we’d been on a Canadian Navy vessel because my uncle served in the Canadian Navy for more than 2 decades.
Today I cherish my memories of these family members — they have all passed away but they stay in my heart and mind, especially today.
I also reflect on my family members who are presently serving in the military. To me, they are incredibly brave because they are willing to do something that I know I could not do myself and they do it so that people like me can be free.
So today please take a moment for remembrance.