Today Is Remembrance Day in Canada and, growing up in South Africa, this was a day I never had experience of until we moved Toronto. During my first year in in the city, I never understood why people wore red flowers on the lapels of their coats. It was only after a few years that I came to understand. The moment of understanding was definitely the case of children teaching the adult: my children were able to explain to me why they came home bringing the imitations of the red flowers with them as they had been taught the reasons at school.
I believe it is a good thing that we remember the soldiers who lost their lives in the two Great Wars – and to remember those who continue to fight for the freedoms of their country. I am not too sure that young children understand the reason for the day of Remembrance but hopefully they will as the years pass. I do wonder, however, whether this day does encourage the powers that be to think twice before they make decisions that send young men and women out into the war zone.
Do you wear a poppy for Remembrance Day?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014