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Remembrance Day

November 5, 2014

I am finding this week leading up to remembrance day harder than others.  This time it feels political.  And which side of the line you fall on.  Remembrance Day is not about us.  Remembrance Day started because of ‘The Great War’ had ended.  It was started to remember that peace had come.  Finally. After four long, hard years, peace was back.  We need to remember that peace is the state that we all WANT.  No one wants war.  No one wants to be separated from those they love.  But yet people did.  Men, young and old, romanticized the idea that they would help restore peace when the call came.

It continued because of the sacrifice people made to stop violence during WW2.  People fought. And not always with guns.
I am finding it hard to find my voice.  To express my hurt and confuse over something that should be so simple.
 In their own way, didn’t EVERYONE stand up for peace?
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil:  God will not hold us guiltless.  
Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.
     ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Poppies are used because they grew like weeds.  If the wars had been fought here the flower used could easily be dandelions.  But it wasn’t.  It wasn’t even fought in this century.  The people who can tell us what it was like are leaving us, all we have left is their memory.
The problem lies  in that both sides think they are the right side.  But what if it wasn’t about sides?  What if Remembrance Day was about the fact that there was this horrible war, that many people sacrificed, and that eventually the war was over.
 Everyone made sacrifices.
Men.
Women.
Children.
All sacrificed.  
This year, please let us remember.  Because they all worked for peace.
And they still do.
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  1. November 5, 2014 1:18 pm

    And I didn’t even get to those in internment camps or animals (where the purple poppy comes in.)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29848595

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