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From Where I Sit

November 10, 2008
by: John Divinski

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day.

In communities across our land, special observances will be held as we remember those who have given their lives to protect the freedoms that we now enjoy.

Unfortunately, there are many among us that take those freedoms for granted vis a vis the turnout for the last federal election, but that's another subject for another day.

Like clockwork each year at this time, somebody insists on bringing up that Remembrance Day should be a statutory holiday.

That makes the hair stand up on my neck.

Remembrance Day is not a celebration in my books.  It's an observance and a sombre one at that.  We may celebrate the life of someone close to us who lost their life in war but remembering everyone should be somewhat subdued.

Turning the day into a holiday will make it exactly that--a day when people will be scurrying around doing errands, playing with kids and not, I repeat not observing the essence of the day.

Frankly it will cheapen the whole day.

Leave it the way it is.

I would love to see a holiday in February though and why don't we call it Veterans Day when we do celebrate the accomplishments of our military personnel around the world.

Now you're on to something.

From Where I Sit, I'm John Divinski

 

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