Remembrance/Veterans Day 2014
Hello, friends. Today is an important day for all of us who cherish our freedom. In Canada, it’s called Remembrance Day and in the US, it’s called Veterans Day. It’s a day to commemorate those who fought and died for our freedom, and who serve today to defend our way of life.
I wish Remembrance/Veterans Day was a public holiday — a day we get off from work. It could be a day for reflection, for the placing of flowers, for looking at old photos, and updating the family tree. It could be a day for families to share stories of loved ones lost and those far away from home. Why isn’t it a public holiday? In the US, it comes too close to Thanksgiving, another day meant for thoughtful consideration of what we have, including freedom and family. In Canada, there’s little excuse. Thanksgiving in Canada is in October. And the next public holiday is Christmas.
Recently, there was a poll taken by my local TV news station, here in Calgary. They asked, “Should Remembrance Day be a national statutory holiday?” Eighty-five per cent of voters said YES. Perhaps they were influenced by the recent tragic events involving terrorists against Canadian military personnel, or maybe everyone knows someone who has served and wishes to honor them, but whatever the reason, a great many people believe it ought to be a day off.
In Calgary, school kids get the day off…but what if their parents don’t? What kind of message does that give, and how does a child come to full realization of what the holiday stands for without a parent’s guidance?
Many Americans DO get the day off. There is no postal delivery on that day, for example, and many Federal workers are given the holiday off. Why can’t Canada have the same observation? And why can’t ALL Americans have the day off or be paid extra to work the holiday. (My daughter in California gets extra pay for working holidays, which is as it should be since she misses a lot of family events with her schedule.)
We should all think about this and, if you feel strongly about it, lobby your representatives. If you have an opinion on this topic, whether you agree with me or not, leave a comment. Let’s talk about veterans on this day of all days.