When I think about Canada and how it came to be the country it is today - one that has given me the amazing opportunity to go to university - I can’t help but think back to the pivotal moments in history and the people that fought for our nation.
I have relatives who fought in, and thankfully survived, both world wars. One was my great-grandfather on my mother’s side who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in WWI, the other my great-uncle on my father’s side who operated a tank in WWII. Except... that’s pretty much all I know about them.
For those of us who were born and raised in Canada, war is not something we experience first- hand. It’s only taught in a classroom, stories told to us by those who have experienced it or seen through the lens of a camera. It can be easy to forget.
So why should a student in 2017 care about something that happened almost 100 years ago? The answer is simple; Canada would not be where it is today without the sacrifices of those brave men and women in our nation’s defense. We are a country filled with freedom and opportunities. A place where people around the world can come to and call their new home.
Every time I study at the SLC, or attend a lecture here at Ryerson, I know that I’m here because of the sacrifices people like my great-grandfather and uncle made. Since leaving high school, I know I haven’t recognized Remembrance Day in the way it deserves, but I want to strive towards making November 11th a meaningful day to me again.
Thank you to not only my relatives, but every single person who fought for a better world.
I encourage everyone to participate in Remembrance Day activities held on November 11th and share your gratitude.