We attended the Remembrance Day service at our grandson's school on Friday, and were really impressed. It's an elementary school, from Kindergarten to Grade 6, and the service was pretty well all done by the students. It included poetry, music and a bit of history.
Even more impressive was the behaviour of the young students. Teachers had obviously impressed on them the importance of silence and no clapping as a mark of respect for the remembrance service. Picture a gym with four hundred 5 to 12 year olds and they're all quiet! For an hour! It was really well done.
Of course it included the poem 'In Flanders Fields', written by the Canadian doctor from Guelph, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. When our children were young they went to John McCrae School, and we lived just around the corner from the John McCrae house, now a museum, in Guelph. Ontario. So our kids learned the famous poem early.
If you saw these young students honouring Remembrance Day, you would not worry about the enormous contribution of veterans ever being forgotten. They will never forget.
Remembrance Day varies among different countries. It is celebrated especially in Canada, Australia, France and Belgium, and a number of other countries on Nov. 11th. In the U.S. Nov. 11th is Veterans Day, while Memorial Day in May honours those who actually died in military service. In the UK, Nov. 11th is Armistice Day, and the nearest Sunday is Remembrance Day, the more important celebration. In New Zealand ANZAC Day is celebrated in April. In my experience, Remembrance Day ceremonies have been getting greater attention in recent years - which is a good thing.