Friday, 11 November 2011

Lest We Forget

Last night I watched the Jets Panthers game and was very disappointed by what I saw. A bag piper played Pipers Lament and afterwards there was a  moment of silence. A few in the crowd decided to yell Go Jets Go during it.

A hockey game should be a fun and entertaining experience but we all should have enough sense to respect a moment of silence for those who have been lost in War. I realize that this was a small minority in the crowd but I just can't get my head around how anyone would think it would be cool to yell during a moment of silence.

With that being said I attended a Remembrance Day Ceremony this morning at HMCS Chippawa and was moved by both the ceremony and the number of people who attended. All seats were full and there were people standing all over who couldn't get a seat. I have never attended a Remembrance Day Ceremony before and it was great to see high attendance. People constantly say that less people care about Remembrance Day these days but there was people of all ages at this ceremony and it was good to see.

My Grandfather fought in the Navy in World War II and the stories of what he saw and went through are both amazing and terrifying. He died a few years ago at the age of 92, and I always think about him on Remembrance Day. This picture shows him both as a young man and a few years before he passed.

I grew up hearing some of the stories about what he went through in WWII and also knowing how seriously he took Remembrance Day. So enjoy your day off but don't forget what this day is about.

R.I.P. Grandad