Remembrance Day...what it means to me

Dakota Stride
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Remembrance day has been celebrated for many years now as a time to pay special tribute to all the soldiers of the wars past and for all the freedoms they not only gave us but gave so many across other countries and continents.Most of us will still wear our poppies on this day and take a few minutes to think about the soldiers of days gone by but how many of us really think about what they have done? I'm not really sure but for me, on most days it does not really cross my mind. I can tell you that I feel if it was not for the governments of our nations and for the young men who put their lives on the line then our world may be completely different today.

Many young men lost their lives before their lives even began. They fought wars when there were mostly only guns and soldiers on front lines facing fire from the enemies of the time. The whole belief behind the wars was to give freedom in times and lands where other governments and dictatorships believed that only some people were worthy of goods and life. I certainly do feel thankful for the soldiers who gave their lives for such good causes and I continue to hope that maybe one day there will no longer be any war or hostility to others because of their beliefs.

On this Remembrance Day, I will remember men like John N Jeddore who, thank God, is still living in Conne River following the Second World War after spending several years overseas. He was fortunate to be able to come home and raise a family. I also think about Michael Joe who is only a young man from Conne River and he too is now in the midst of the hostility in Afghanistan. I hope that he too returns safely back home. I think about all the men and women that take the oath to protect us all from terrorists and other threats.

Remembrance Day is certainly a special day. I hold my head up high and offer thanks to all those both past and present. In Canada we certainly should be proud of our Nation and all that we have. Happy Remembrance Day.

Geographic location: Conne River, Afghanistan, Canada

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