Across Canada there are many variations, but in the Maritime Provinces it is a statutory holiday. I am not too sure whether I like that or not.
When I was young many years ago...
, we used to have assemblies in the auditorium. Here we would see members of the Army/Navy/Airforce Reserves or Active Duty servicemen and women as well as Army/Navy/Airforce Cadets and actual Real Honest to God Veterans dressed in either their Legion uniforms or the uniforms they once wore in service. We had prayers, we heard vignettes of some of our special soldiers... much like Sergeant Aubrey Cosens
- who came from a little place near where I grew up and where many of my family had either lived or went to a lot -- a place called Porquis Junction. Aubrey won the highest medal for valour that the Commonwealth (read Queen/King) could present to her soldiers, the Victoria Cross. Most Victoria Cross winners were awarded this honour Post-humously..... We would hear In Flander's Fields. Just thinking about it, my heart beats faster, I hear the voices in my mind and I can feel the passion that we all once felt. I still do as do many of my compatriots.
Unfortunately today as has been epitomized by the comments of one Politician sitting on the SCONDVA committee and referenced in my brief to that august body:
"I guess I'm a little bit uncomfortable trying to define the responsibilities of the government to the military, because we'd be telling them what we think our obligation is to them. We already define what their obligation is to us, and that's to act as defenders of our country at the risk of the loss of their life. Now we are to define what we owe them in return for that potential sacrifice. "
too many, far too many of our citizenry frankly doesn't understand and to quote another famous line -- "Frankly Scarlet, I don't Give a D..n" many really do not seem to care.
Having a stat holiday lets people sleep in, go to the cottage if it is still open, take a LONG weekend off... anything except go to a Remembrance Day ceremony. Yes, there are many who still attend, thanks be to God for that, but far to many cannot be bothered.
I would much rather see actual reflection on a business/school/municipality/province-state/national basis that actually meant something instead of the tip of the lip service that is so primary today.
If by any chance I may have offended anyone by these comments, I do apologize. I hope I did not cross the line. I know this is a tractor forum, but it is fun and informative to understand other facets of our friends that haunt this wonderful site.