This weekend was a long weekend for us because November 11th, fell on a Monday.
Today in Canada, it’s known as Remembrance Day and is a day we take to honour those that have fought for us and continue to do so.
Memorial University (which was first named Memorial College) was established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who had lost their lives on active service during the First World War; it was later rededicated to also encompass those lost in the Second World War. Since moving back home in 2010, I’ve attended the annual service at Memorial for Remembrance Day. This year I didn’t attend due to another appointment and I really missed it. I’ll definitely be there next year.
In junior high and high school, I had to honour of playing the Last Post a few times. It’s an amazing piece of music for the trumpet and it still gives me chills and I get emotional every time I hear it.
It was absolutely pouring this morning, so we opted not to attend an official Remembrance Day ceremony, but we did tune into CBC Radio’s airing of the service. The rain was falling so hard, it was challenging to hear everything, but we turned up the volume and listened closely.
I’m not kidding when I say it was really raining. There were bagpipes and they couldn’t even really play because there was so much rain. And I can’t even imagine trying to play the Last Post in the cold, rain and wind that would have been there at the National War Memorial.
Missy Moo is obviously too young to understand what today was all about, but someday she will. It’s not just a day off of work, or a morning to sleep in. It’s so important for us to take a moment to think of the many, many lives that have been sacrificed so that we may go about our daily business with out a worry. Even now, families are impacted daily by having loved ones serving abroad to help protect others in need.
I will confess that this weekend we took some time to get a few errands taken car of, went to a couple of hockey games, spent time with some friends, and we even slept in one morning.