The question this Remembrance Day is not whether or not we remember, it is about what we chose to remember. Those who gave their lives and fought for a better tomorrow should be respected for many years to come. But this day is not about honoring war and violence, it should be about honoring peace and unity among a nation. And paying respects to all those who were affected by the war. Remembering those who not only lost their lives on the battle field, but also those who lost the lives as they knew it from shere pain, loss and emotional suffering. Families that lost fathers, husbands, grandfathers and sons. Families that may not have fought on the front lines, but fought everyday afterwards to put back together the pieces of their shattered life. Mothers who struggled to raise their families alone, children who struggled with the grief that enveloped their home, and those who merely struggled to find a way to move forward with heartbreak. And those who did return from war, did not return the same. The pain, the grief, and the post traumatic stress disorder that overtook the sanity of so many men and women was a war they continued to fight long after the guns sounded. The dynamics of each and every family was affected, and our generations will feel the complexities of this war for many years to come.
But this day should not be about feeling righteous by simply wearing a poppy and taking mere moments of the day to remember. This day should be about reflecting on the world we live in, the freedom we were given but most importantly about finding a new way to remember. A way that respects those who fought in the past, but also to those that are fighting for the peace of our future. Heroism isn’t found in war, it is found in men and women who believe in peace. War in the price we will continue to pay for a nation that praises war. So let this day be about resonating with peace, not war. For the day that we stop glorifying war, is the day that it will end.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.