A Remembrance Day reflection

Just because it happened in the past doesn’t mean it has to keep happening.

Tradition is not law.
Valour does not need violence.

Lest we forget the thing we are implored to remember. War is bad, we should try to stop doing it.

Those who died and those who fought had principles and values, but ultimately the implied message of war is that peace is possible.

Lest we forget the violence and horror.

We can do better. The world has been at war for almost as long as I can remember, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, on the home-front.

War isn’t just trenches. It’s a removal of someone else’s humanity, it’s violence and intolerance. Remembrance Day is strange to me.

I respect those who fought and died, and war is not caused by the soldiers.

We tend to romanticize them without acting on the message of the day.

War does not need to be our future as well as our past. It doesn’t matter what year it is; 1914, 1939, 1947. 1950, 1955, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2011, or 2020. We’re living with war.
Lest we forget indeed.

I’ll leave you with this song by Neil Young:

Written by
Jack Fisher

Jack Fisher is an independent journalist. He holds a BAH from the University of Guelph, and a post-graduate certificate from Sheridan College in journalism.
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Written by Jack Fisher