I struggled with my Remembrance Day blog this year … what to say that I hadn’t already said many times before and the thought crossed my mind that should I just skip it this year. But soldiers who fought many battles didn’t say “I’ve done this before, I think I’ll skip it this year” … I know these two thoughts are no even on the same level but it did make me think.
So here we go …
I read this story on Facebook a few days ago and while I don’t generally repost, or even believe, stuff I see on Facebook I did think this story had a hint of truth to it.
Today I saw a man distributing poppies stop a lady and ask if he could reposition her poppy. While doing so he told the lady she should wear the poppy on her left side (over her heart); the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf (which our poppies do not have) represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended. He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them.
I suspect this story actually came from England, as I believe their lapel poppy does have a green leaf, but the rest of the story fits in with the Canadian lapel poppy.
And I will end this blog the same way I ended it last year because I just can’t think of any better way to express these feelings that I want to share.
Please spend some time today, whether you are Canadian or American, to remember our veterans and currently serving members. Honor their courage, service and sacrifices that have kept us strong, proud and free.
Hubby and I will be thinking of our son, who is a veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan, and our daughter-in-law who stands proudly at his side. Today our son attends services with his wife and children, which is followed up with a visit to the legion remembering and celebrating the friends he lost. Our daughter-in-law drops off their two children with her mother after the ceremony and then also heads to the legion to ensure our son gets home safely … I love her for that!
Some people wonder … if they have made a difference in the lives of others…. A soldier never has to!