Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, my pappy proudly shared stories about his father. His father was a World War 1 Veteran. My pappy’s father, like so many others, joined the war early at the age of 16. He was still very much a child at that time — someone who should never have witnessed the tragic experiences that come from war.
One of the stories my pappy often shared is how his dad could sleep through an abundance of noise in the house — like nobody he had ever met — but would wake at the sound of a pin drop if the house was silent. This may have been the reason he survived the war in the first place. My great grandfather never really spoke much about the war except for short tidbits here and there. A war causes many painful memories that a soldier can never forget.
In the book of Matthew it states that there will be wars and rumours of wars — which is a true testament of the situation in our world today. Just looking at the news, one sees firsthand war torn areas and the rising tensions that are inherent in other parts of our world. This is why, on Monday, I believe it is important to remember those who fight for our freedom now and those who have fought the same battle in previous wars. People like my great grandfather who believed in their cause and were willing to fight to see our great country remain free.
When I think of Remembrance Day, I think about the people who sacrificed their time to make the world in which we live a better place. But like my great grandfather, I also think of the innocence they lost when these very young men went out into a world engaged in war. Their outlook was (and is forever changed) because of the things they witnessed and endured. As a Christian, I believe that the people who are willing to take up this fight are a good representation of what Jesus Christ did. He endured a cross that was not meant for Him and did so without complaint. He took the war of this world and fought the battle Himself so that we could be set free.
This Remembrance Day, please take the time to remember our veterans and our current soldiers — whether you understand the war or not — because they are fighting for our collective peace and freedom. Also, keep in mind the families and friends of these soldiers. A few years ago, my brother in law was doing a tour in Afghanistan and I can still remember the anguish my sister went through every time the phone rang or someone came to her door. It is not just the soldiers who are fighting this battle or who are giving up life’s many treasures back in the homeland. Behind each soldier is a mother, son, father, wife, daughter, girlfriend, cousin, aunt or uncle who is praying their loved one doesn’t lose their life in the trenches but rather comes back home safely. It only takes a moment to be grateful that someone somewhere was or is willing to fight for our nation’s freedom ….