Let’s Take Remembrance Day Back

For over a century, Remembrance Day has been a day to commemorate those who have died in the line of duty during wars and conflicts. While the specific customs and traditions may vary from place to place, the purpose of paying tribute to fallen soldiers remains the same. 

The sexual habits of fallen soldiers have never factored into the ceremonies. Remembrance Day is an occasion of solemnity and reflection, and it has long held a special place in the hearts of Canadians of all faiths. It is a day when we come together to honour the sacrifices of our war dead, paying homage to their courage, valour, and unwavering commitment to protecting our country and its cherished values. There is no room for narrow ideological divisions.

To many of us, the act of honouring our war dead at Remembrance Day is not merely a secular observance; it is a deeply spiritual exercise. It is, in essence, a liturgy, a sacred ritual that transcends the confines of the earthly realm or any trappings of government and fads exploited for crass political purposes.

The Remembrance Day ceremonies unfold as a reverent choreography of ritual acts, beautifully orchestrated to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. This sacred symphony consists of various components that add depth to the spiritual character of the event. There is the invocation, a solemn calling upon God for guidance and strength, setting the stage for the reverence to follow. Hymns and songs, often echoing through the sombre air, instil a sense of awe and immense gratitude.

The act of contemplation, the two minutes of silence, where those in attendance reflect on the profound sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, is a moment of deep introspection. It’s a time when we consider the enormity of the sacrifice and the enduring cost of freedom. John Macrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, typically marks the ceremony with the indebtedness we have undertaken for generations to carry on remembering them.

In essence, these ceremonies are far more than symbolic; they are a poignant reminder of the immortality of the human spirit. The individuals we honour on Remembrance Day, though they may have left this world physically, live on in our collective memory as souls who have transcended the boundaries of time. Sexuality does not factor in a spiritual world.

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