Remembrance Is Not…

Posted on November 11, 2011. Filed under: cultural, personal, reflection |

Today is Remembrance Day, and these are my thoughts:

Remembrance is not just a name or picture on a plaque somewhere.

Remembrance is not a hush-hush topic.

Remembrance is not just a day off of school.

Remembrance is not just a minute of silence.


Remembrance is not reading Flanders Fields.

Remembrance is not a red poppy on your shirt that later turns into pretend lips.

Remembrance is not a word search with words like battle and valor.

Remembrance is not an hour-long ceremony with pictures, a slide show and a trumpet.


Remembrance is a person, a soldier, a team; with feelings, hopes and a family.

Remembrance is mandatory Holocaust education for students in Germany.

Remembrance is a whole day devoted to reflecting on our country’s past.

Remembrance is being so grateful, that you have no words.

Remembrance is memorizing Flanders Fields until McCrae’s descriptions of larks and guns echo deep into your soul and mind.

Remembrance is seeing the red on your poppy representing the red blood spilled in many fields and trenches.

Remembrance is hearing a veteran’s lips speak words of battle and valor.

Remembrance is being thankful to God for our freedom, our peace, and the cross.
Unmarked Grave

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