Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts.
Source: Remembrance Day in Canada
Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday – one that has come with many conflict and opinions in Canada since not all of our Provinces recognize it as such. Here in BC it is a statutory holiday – which means we get the day off work – with pay.
STOP – right there.
Regardless of your opinions on if it should or shouldn’t be a stat holiday, which means what it means – there is one thing that needs to be clear.
Remembrance Day is NOT a Holiday. It is not a day to sleep in, chill out, eat, drink, party, or whatever else you do when you are not required to punch in the clock at work.
Remembrance Day IS the day to remember. Remember those who lost their lives so that you could have that job you can’t wait to have a day off from today.
It is a day to remember those who fought for your right to sleep, eat, drink and party.
This day is one where you should feel the most immense gratitude for those who gave up their today’s so you could have a tomorrow. You may be too young now to have known someone who fought in the war, you may not even know what it was all about.
All you need to know is this:
EVERYTHING you have today is because someone who was born, who was a child, had parents and a life – gave that all up to stand behind their country and fight for those who would come after them. That’s YOU by the way.
You owe everything you have to these people. And although you may not know of them, know their names – you know what their actions did.
This day is NOT A Holiday – it is a day to remember and be grateful for all that you have.
Remember: Take some time to reflect, to honour and to cherish.
If you sleep, have gratitude that you can. If you eat, have gratitude that you are able. If you drink have gratitude it’s available to you. If you party, have gratitude that you were given that ability by someone else.
Have gratitude in all that you do on the long weekend. It is NOT Holiday and it is not just a day off from work. It is a day to give the deepest thanks you can for having the life you have to live.