Re-membering Remembrance

The associations that individuals make with the date of November 11th have changed and evolved over the many years since the first world war came to an end. Some may argue that a deterioration of what it means to “remember” has occurred as a result of a disconnection that is developing as we move further away from the past.

This is an understandable argument, considering these days much of the younger generations do not personally know anyone who has experienced the travesties of the world wars. Yes, they are required to study the historical event in school and participate in ceremonies of remembrance held by their educational facilities; however, it is one thing to read about war in a book and another to witness the pained expression of a loved one as they recount the horrific memories of trench and guerrilla warfare.

It may be true, that the original purpose of remembering and reflecting on the horrors and heroes of World War One has been lost to many throughout time. However, remembrance day has become a day where people reflect on their own experiences of war and violence. Younger generations may not personally associate with a devastating war which occurred 95 years ago, but they do associate with the horrific effects and events of the war in Afghanistan which began in 2001.

Remembrance day has evolved as a day dedicated to the reflection of not just one single war, but of all acts of war and violence committed all over the world. November 11th might not revolve specifically around the events of World War One any longer; however, it is a day where every age, gender, race and religion are united by gathering to reflect, remember and resolve.

Featured Image Photograph By: Corporal Chris Banks, CD of the Lorne Scots Regiment