Take the time on Sunday to remember
Lest we forget.
Sunday marks Remembrance Day and, with it, the annual ceremonies, moments of silence and, hopefully, a few quiet moments of reflection on just what it is we’re remembering, why we’re doing it and how it is we’re able to do so because of the sacrifices made by so many.
Locally, there’s been some scuttlebutt in the city as it has been announced there will be no parade from the Armouries to the Cenotaph on Station Street. No parade of veterans or the Legion’s Colour Party leading the way to the sombre service. Some have complained it’s a shame to see it not being held and have questioned the decision.
Now, not making light of the decision or the men and women who made that march each year, it has to occur to people the veterans participating in that parade on an annual basis certainly are not getting any younger. Cold, damp weather is no friend to old bones and aged joints. The parade may seem a short distance to the younger generation, but to many who participated in the parade it was wearisome and tiring.
Having no parade does not lessen the importance of Nov. 11 events here in the city and hopefully will play no role in influencing the size of the crowd to gather Sunday at the Station Street site. The city is known for showing its respect and gratitude to our veterans — both those still with us and those we remember — and with the service this year falling on a weekend one would hope the crowd will be even larger.
Families, hopefully, will bring their children to services — whether it’s here in the city or elsewhere — to teach them about the past, about the brave men and women who gave so much so we, as a nation, can have so much. At a time when tensions across the globe are high and we see, on a daily basis, the abuse of power and the rights of others being stripped away, it’s important to be reminded of how rights were won, how freedom was so savagely fought for and how, without the sacrifice of so, so many, we wouldn’t have the freedom we are blessed with today.
Please, take the time Sunday to remember. Attend a ceremony, bow your head and show gratitude for what we enjoy daily.
Area counties are going to be handing over a little less for pub- lic health services thanks to a rejigging of the local funding formula.
The local board of health decided this past week to change things up based on up- to- date and more accurate information in regards to population in the region. In years past the board was using Municipal Property Assessment Corporation information to base its funding formula on. Now, though, using Statistics Canada data, the board has a better snapshot of who is using those services.
It boils down to fairness. Why should residents of a region, when they’re not using a service or using it less frequently, have to pay the same? Both Quinte West and Belleville, naturally, will see their share jump as they have the larger populations. Prince Edward and Hastings counties will both be saving some cash.
Fair is fair.