I don't know what it is about this day, but I always am glued to the TV watching the national ceremony from the cenotaph in Ottawa. It's amazing just how many veterans, now in there 90's some of them, come out and stand there in the rain sometimes. The camera pans by them as they reflect and remember, as they are the only ones that can truely remember. You can see it in their eyes, their faces, their tears.
These are the people we should be thanking. These and the ones who didn't come home and the ones that are still out there 'fighting' in other countries. These men and women who put life on line when their country called and calls. They didn't have to think about it, they just did it. Duty to "king and country"....teenagers, some of them. Would that happen today?
If we were to have to go to war again (heaven forbid), would the youth of today put down their cell phones, laptops, iPADs, video games, iPODs, McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and pull up their pants, walk down to the recruiting office and sign up without having to think about it...??
I don't think so. Not with the "what have you done for me lately" attitude of some young people these days.
Sad really...because today, when the 90+ year olds of yesterday are standing outside in the cold and rain to remember and reflect, the youth of today are enjoying their Starbucks, talking on their cellphones, whilst posting on their Facebook pages in the comfort of their nice warm homes.
....that these men and women fought and died so they could.
Something to think about.