A place of re­flec­tion

The Compass - - P2012ORTHTE -

Dur­ing the month of Novem­ber many Cana­di­ans, vet­er­ans, war wid­ows, and fam­ily mem­bers take part in an­nual pil­grim­ages to the fields of bat­tle abroad. Of course, this cus­tom does not of­ten in­clude the gen­eral pub­lic, but it is still pos­si­ble to per­pet­u­ate this tradition in a tan­gi­ble way by vis­it­ing one of the war me­mo­ri­als in your area.

There are more than 6,600 me­mo­ri­als across Canada com­mem­o­rat­ing vet­er­ans and those who lost their lives. On Novem­ber 11, Re­mem­brance Day, why not take your fam­ily to a park or ceme­tery to visit a war memo­rial? Make the most of this mo­ment to teach the younger gen­er­a­tion about the im­por­tance of hon­our­ing those who sac­ri­ficed their lives for the free­doms we en­joy to­day.

This is also a mar­vel­lous op­por­tu­nity to teach your chil­dren more about the work car­ried out by his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. In­deed, it is these so­ci­eties who of­ten help to pass on this her­itage to those Cana­di­ans will­ing to lis­ten. Your lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety will be able to share lit- er­a­ture and maybe even per­sonal sto­ries about the peo­ple from your town who went away to fight.

The Cana­dian gov­ern­ment has de­vel­oped pro­grams to en­sure that the ceno­taphs and other mon­u­ments erected to the mem­ory of those who lost their lives are main­tained in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner and that mil­i­tary events com­prise all the suit­able pomp cer­e­mony. These pro­grams also aim to help com­mu­ni­ties or­ga­nize mo­ments of si­lence in hon­our of fallen sol­diers, a cen­tral fea­ture of any Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

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