With Halloween behind us and Christmas still in the somewhat distant future, many Canadians are focused on Remembrance Day, which takes place this coming Wednesday. While some try to steer the conversation elsewhere with discussions of the timing of Christmas decorating, and the wearing of white poppies, the fact remains that hundreds of thousands of men and women have served, and continue to serve for our safety and freedom, and that needs to be acknowledged. As Harvey pointed out in last Friday’s post, Kingston has many options for those of us looking to pay our respects to the brave men and women on the front lines. While it isn’t always easy to get away from work to attend a ceremony, there are other ways for us to recognize Remembrance Day. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
How will you recognize Remembrance Day?
- Attend a ceremony. (37%, 41 Votes)
- All of the above. (35%, 39 Votes)
- Wear a poppy. (21%, 24 Votes)
- None of the above. (4%, 4 Votes)
- Visit/speak with veterans. (3%, 3 Votes)
- Display a poppy on social media profile. (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 112
Have you attended a Remembrance Day ceremony in recent years? Do you hesitate to wear a poppy, or is it a natural reaction to make a donation and pin one on when you first see them at the corner store? Or perhaps you have a tradition that is all your own. In addition to wearing the poppy or going to a ceremony, Veterans Affairs offers up a list of ways to remember. Take the time to see what sorts of things you can do to honour those who have served, and continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. Regardless of how we reflect, our collective goal is to take the time to remember and to thank our military for their sacrifices that make Canada a great place to live. Lest we forget.
Thanks to Steve Watson for today’s photo.