Remembrance Day

remembrance day photoNovember 11th is known as Remembrance Day in Canada. In other countries it is called Armistice Day or Poppy Day. This date marks the anniversary of the official end of World War 1 on November 11, 1918. As a holiday, the day commemorates the sacrifices made in armed conflicts. Countless numbers have given their lives. Many more have suffered serious injuries and great emotional scars.

The sacrifice that so many have paid to ensure a better life for those who followed is overwhelming. That is why on this day and for weeks before, people can been seen wearing artificial poppies as a symbol of remembrance. There is also a period of silence at the eleventh hour to remember these sacrifices. Many areas have commemoration ceremonies and military parades. Those who made the sacrifices are remembered and appreciated. Among those I will be honoring will be my father and father-in-law, who both fought in World War 2.

While I am remembering those sacrifices, I also need to remember the greatest sacrifice of all. Jesus gave his life so that I may have the opportunity to spend eternity with him. He paid the penalty for my sins so that I may be forgiven. He knew what the outcome would be, but carried it through because of his great love. This is something I did not deserve. This gift is something to thank him for each and every day.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16 NIV

4 thoughts on “Remembrance Day”

  1. Great remembrance Tandy.

    I do remember your Dad being in the military. Was there any other in our family who went to war? We are so blessed to live in a free country and deepest blessing of all is to know and love the Lord Jesus.

    Blessings on you and yours. Love you, Shirley

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    1. Shirley, I don’t remember anyone else in the family going to war. My dad lost his only brother in battle. Our children and grandchildren don’t know war and that is due to the sacrifice of those who fought for their freedom. We do have much to be thankful for.

  2. Today is a time to remember those who have given their lives to allow us to live in’
    freedom, our community also honoured those first responders who reached out during
    Katrina, High River, Canmore flooding, Afganistan, those still over there . I think it is absolutely a gift to hear you share your thoughts on how Christ gave His life so that we
    could live in freedom, His Love so strong just as those men and women have a deep love
    for their country. May the Lords Love and Grace Bless your family as you honour your loved ones today.
    Thankyou for sharing.
    Hugs
    Anne

    1. Thanks Anne. We are so blessed to live in this country and enjoy the freedoms we have. I read something that said children today don’t know what war is, and that is because of those who fought to ensure those freedoms for us. I am eternally thankful.

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