It seems like the second Halloween is over the commercial world is throwing up Christmas on everyone, but many people forget that there is an actual <em><strong>important and meaningful</strong> </em>holiday in between them. Every year I see fewer people supporting the poppy, something that in light of recent event should spark support easily.
Remembrance day is the time where we as the free people of Canada can give respect and properly thank the who have fought for our freedom.
This year the NDP is pushing forward a bill that will make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday. Currently six provinces and three territories have November 11th as a paid holiday, except Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia don’t recognize it as one.
Remembrance Day celebrations will be on the forefront, as it falls only a few weeks after two attacks on soldiers in Ottawa, including the death of soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was only a young 24, as he stood guard of the War Memorial. Attacks like these are hard for Canadians because that type of action rarely happens here.
Some Americans, such as <em>The View </em>host Rosie O’Donnell, have spoken out that the amount of media coverage and outcry over the Ottawa shootings is outrageous and hyperbolic, because “86 people a day are killed in America with guns, and you know what? That is terrorism here,” according to O’Donnell.
These types of statements do nothing for anybody, and the fact that Americans can live with this as their day-to-day living only makes it easier to see thy they constantly try to justify their right to bare arms and the constant conflicts overseas. Lets make a vow to see all violence for what it really is no matter the ethnicity behind it and stop constantly naming people terrorists when we ourselves commit the same unneeded acts.
Regardless, Remembrance day, Veterans Day, whatever you call it in whatever country you celebrate it, it all comes down to putting down the electronics, putting problems on the back burner, taking those two minutes of silence and remembering those who gave their lives for your freedom.
So keep Christmas at bay for another couple weeks. Refrain from the consumer Hallmark holiday and mark November 11th with national pride, because your house might just get egged if you put up you Christmas decorations this week. Seriously, everyone, despite their nationality, should be sporting a poppy for the next couple weeks, <strong>at least. </strong>
Then we can get on to the whole <em>whose festive celebrations are better </em>debate that goes along with the numerous religious holidays in December.