Sunday afternoon saw the first of two Remembrance Days ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Thorold’s Memorial Park (behind the Seniors’ Centre). This practice was begun several years back as a way of hopefully giving more folks the chance to attend this important annual event.
The attendance Sunday wasn’t great, with participants greatly outnumbering the audience. One spectator asked why and I’m not sure but I suspect it’s all about time. When my generation was growing up, we were still constantly bombarded with World War II with movies, TV shows and our parents, who lived through it in one way or another. With those my parents’ generation and older passing from the scene and war entertainment of a more chaotic “who and where is the enemy?” type, it’s not as easy to connect wit the sacrifices of the older generations.
The Korean War was never played up as nearly as important, possible because it affected so many fewer people than did the world Wars and the Viet Nam War, which was never even considered an actual war, was an American mistake that few like to remember, including many who served. Modern wars nowadays are fought entirely differently and today’s generations don’t view wars in quite as black and white a point of view as we were exposed to as kids. Today’s allies are tomorrow’s enemies or are they already?
Their numbers are dwindling. I remember seeing row upon row of veterans at Remembrance Day ceremonies, but now every year there are fewer. But that doesn’t mean we can’t go and recognize their sacrifice for they suffered and died for what they truly believed in and Canada’s flag.
There’s yet another chance to show your support. There will be another Remembrance Day ceremony on Remembrance Day, Wed. Nov. 11 at 11:00.