Remembering massive sacrifices
AT 11am on the 11th of November I always have a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day. It doesn’t matter where I am, I always take that moment.
But, after talking to one of our RSL sub-branch members yesterday, it occurred to me, did I even know why I take that minute’s silence? Is Remembrance Day still as relevant today as when first celebrated as Armistice Day back in 1919?
My husband’s grandfather fought in World War I and spent a great deal of time in Gallipoli. It is a subject that has always fascinated our family, not only because of the family connection, but also because of the overwhelming loss that occurred there and on battlefields across Europe.
It is said between nine and 13 million people lost their lives in WWI.
I just can’t grasp the enormity of loss that was felt around the world. The families that lost loved ones on both sides of the battle.
History has a way of repeating itself and, if we have learnt anything from WWI or the ensuing wars and battles, it should be that we need to understand the immense sacrifice so many have made to uphold our right to freedom.
I really do believe that Remembrance Day is more relevant today than it ever was.
We must remember we are only able to stand as tall as we do, by standing on the shoulders of those who came before us and those who still fight to save our freedoms. Unless we remember, we are doomed to continue to make mistakes, to not grow and develop and to not adhere to the lessons we have all been taught. By remembering we are not glorifying war but we are remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, those who encountered the horrors and devastation of war, those brave men and women who fought for the idea of peace.
On Saturday, I will continue to take my minute’s silence and remember in the hope that, one day, I can remind my grandchildren of the sacrifices made for their freedom and for a world of peace. We can all dream.