Why have we forgotten Remembrance Day?
Remembrance Day has lost its meaning.
It is no longer a sacred service held to honour those people who lost their lives in combat since the First World War. But rather it’s an empty ceremony observed by the few out of necessity or political responsibility.
Canada was fortunate to pass the last 50 years in relative peace. Up until the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan, we hadn’t lost a soldier to an armed conflict since the Korean War ended in 1953.
However, the true meaning behind why we remember Nov. 11 has been dying more every year.
John Babcock, the last living Canadian Veteran from the first Great War died in Febuary 2010.
“As a nation, we honour his service and mourn his passing,” said Stephen Harper.
“The passing of Mr. Babcock marks the end of an era.”
With only four living First World War vets there are very few who can still speak directly about what the war was like.
Even the U.S. is losing touch with their Veterans Day with many banks, schools and businesses opting to remain open on Nov. 11.
Canadians have been spoiled. Even with the war being fought in Afghanistan, people hardly remember why we have the Armed Forces.
Anti-war sentiments are the highest they’ve been in decades. Remembrance Day is becoming a popular day to organize peace protests to help bring soldiers involved in conflicts home sooner.
Nov. 11 will come around, flags will be lowered to half-mast, wreaths will be placed on ceremonial markers, and 21 guns will be fired, but who is left to care?
Canadian Lives Lost
Word War I: 67, 000 Dead
World War II: 45, 400 Dead
Korean War: 312 Dead
Gulf War: 0 Dead
Kosovo War: 0 Dead
Afghanistan War: 152 Dead to date