Today is a day of Remembrance. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, we stand for two minutes of silence to remember. Today is a day where we pay tribute to all of the soldiers, past and present, who’ve fought and continue to fight to protect our freedom and the freedom of others. Today is a day where we remember all of the sacrifices these brave men and women have made because someone has to, even if you do not agree with the war.
Remembrance Day is the most significant holiday for me. I find it odd calling it a holiday as the word “holiday” sounds like something to celebrate instead of honour. And yes you can celebrate and honour at the same time but for me personally, it seems a bit odd applying the word holiday.
Every year I want to write something profound about this day and why it is so important to me but I can never find any words that I think are fitting enough. I want to recount stories of when I was a young girl and the way we would honour this day in school. I want to tell stories of my family’s military history. I want to tell stories of why I joined the military. I want to tell stories of my brother who served in Afghanistan and who’s suffered loss as a result. But I have no words beyond saying thank you to all those around the world who have served and continue to serve. Your sacrifices are deeply appreciated.
Yesterday, I spent a good part of my day watching different videos created to honour these brave men and women. I ask you to please take the time to watch them yourself and to watch this ceremony. They turned me into a ball of tears for hours. They may not have the same affect on you and that is fine. For me, this is a very personal thing especially as I have a family member who was shot at, multiple times, while he was overseas and had to bury his friends. Today, I pay extra tribute to my brother, Cpl Matthew Sherred, who is a personal hero to me.