Taking Time To Remember
Taking Time to Remember
If you’re like me, you don’t have any tangible firsthand connection or even personal recollection of the wars of the 20th century. Being over a hundred years ago, the first World War is distant history and yet each year at this time of the year, we are encouraged to take time to recall the cost of those who secured the freedom we have to this day.
The closest I can connect in any way, is through my great grandfather Reuben Clifford Elford. He was a farmer from Uxbridge, Ontario (north of Toronto) and when he was 22 years old, he shipped off to England as a Canadian soldier to join the other Allied countries.
Although my great grandpa never faced combat, he proudly served my country. I have found memories of him and grandma at their farmhouse when I was a young boy. He really liked to tease us and would occasionally poke us with a fork to “see if we were done yet”. I have his enlistment record on a wall in our home office. My uncle also has a panoramic photo of his regiment. These “artifacts” help my family keep his memory alive.
Here are 4 things you may not have known about Remembrance Day or as my American family and friends call it.. Veterans Day.
1. This year is the 100th observance of Remembrance Day as this tradition began in 1919. 2. Until 1954, November 11th was known globally as Remembrance Day, at which time the United States changed the name to Veterans Day. 3. Red poppies are worn to honour the military that have fallen and died for our freedom. In addition, white poppies are worn to recognize non-military persons who served and casualties of war also. 4. The original name of this holiday observance was Armistice Day, as it marked the date and exact moment when WW1 ended and the documents or armistice was signed. That occurred at 11 o’clock am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
In closing, no matter how busy your life is, I implore you to stop and take a moment to reflect on the incredible sacrifice of so many. Whether you attend a church service, stand vigil or lay a wreath at the cenotaph..please spend a moment in silence and give thanks, taking time to remember… Lest We Forget.