Remembrance Day should always be remembered. Not because it is a celebration of a victory over a facist power. No, because it serves as a reminder that we must remember that lives were lost in defense of human life.
We must be glad that the victors were the allied powers. Thanks to our veterans we’re not living under a mad mans legacy who believes in a “superior race”. But, lest we forget, this war could have ended much faster had the incompetence of complacency been replaced with the defense of human rights.
Nazi Germany only got so far because of all governments indecisive nature to rally to defend. Once it did, it took much longer for the U.S. to enter. It was thanks to the peoples continued protest that their government took action. No, it was thanks to the peoples belief that no matter who you are, you should never be subjected to death based on your beliefs.
The name World Wars is a fitting one. Could you imagine if this war, no matter how avoidable or horrid it was, never happened? The world wouldn’t have grown up and opened their borders, nationalism would have continued, people would never have gotten to understand and accept other cultures. Yes, the World Wars were despicable and must NEVER BE REPEATED under any circumstance, but without it nations would’ve never became true allies. Even former axis powers have mostly rid themselves of their nationalistic agenda and are now working towards peaceful co-existence.
Thinking of the pain, suffering, consequences, rewards and many other great and horrible things that our previous generation had to suffer through to make sure that our generation didn’t become subject to hateful violence and “cleansing” makes my heart cringe and tears flow.
I for one won’t forget that we shouldn’t remember the imagined beauties of war, but remember the pain and loss that other brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers and friends had to face.
At this point in time, we have to be careful not to associate Nazi Germany as the entirety of Germany, that would be foolish mistake. Fortunately, a large part of the world knows this, but there are still those who refuse to accept this fact.
We must also not forget it was not Germany itself, but a small political power that gained power by channeling the rage and helplessness of the people and focused it against the minority. The Germans who resisted this were the first to feel Nazi wrath.
Forget not the majority of Germans who were forced to fight in this war to protect their own families and friends from the Nazi’s. The allied powers were not the only victims of this horrid war.
For those outside of Canada, this is a poem that is incredibly famous here. Please let me share it with you.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium
Lest we forget, for if we do, its is guaranteed that another war like this will happen.