Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day is always a significant day in our family.  From the days of our youth in the city, wearing poppies, attending the ceremonies at the cenotaph, and watching veterans march by were impressive yearly rituals.  And when our own children were young the tradition continued - even they did some marching of their own with various organizations in our small town Nov. 11th observances.  We baby boomers are the first generation in history not to have known world war in our time.  The generation that preceded us experienced global war precisely during their teens and early twenties, and it naturally played a big part in the rest of their lives.  This unprecedented era of world peace is a gift from our forefathers who sacrificed in WWII, as well as those who have paid (and continue to pay) the price in various regional conflicts since then.  It has been said that we don't know what the weapons of WWIII will be, but WW4 "will be fought with sticks and stones" - a healthy reminder of the ever-present nuclear threat.  That's something to remember too, but tomorrow is all about our veterans.  Wear a poppy and thank a veteran on November 11th.