I am always interested this time of year to see the varying viewpoints on such things as whether or not to wear the poppy, how to “properly” wear the poppy, and are we condoning war if we take the time to publically gather and observe those two minutes of silence in remembrance of those who fought and ultimately died in the various wars and peacekeeping efforts, and while in training.
My viewpoint is no. We are not condoning war. We are simply taking the time to remember those who died in the war:
- Men, and women, who fought the opposition that gave us the right to our way of life that allows us the freedom of worship and speech.
No matter what our opinions are, we think especially of those who paid the supreme price―made the ultimate sacrifice―and thank those brave veterans who are still among us.
War is nothing new. The Bible speaks of wars that happened in ancient times and alludes to battles that are yet to be fought at the end of days. There are physical wars to be fought as well as spiritual wars. In The Salvation Army we are involved in the war against sin and poverty―a war we would not be free to fight if it was not for the veterans going off to fight those many years ago, and the currently serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are in operations abroad, or that are ready to go at a moment’s notice to protect our great country. One of my favourite scripture passages speaks to this. John 13:15 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.John 13:15 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. Click To Tweet
Whether or not you take the time this November 11 to go to the local cenotaph for the Remembrance Day ceremony, choose to wear or not wear a poppy, or observe the two minutes of silence, at least be mindful of those brave young men and women that fought, and died, to give you the freedom to choose and enjoy the lifestyle we have here in Canada. Say a prayer to thank God for them, and take the time to thank a veteran who is still with us. “God save the Queen and Heaven bless, the Maple Leaf forever!”take the time to thank a veteran who is still with us Click To Tweet
“They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. From the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”.