It’s time for a rant about a specific occasion that gets glossed over. I saw Christmas lights turned on yesterday and saw an ad on TV for a Christmas movie. Really?
What happened to some respect for Remembrance Day? The first 11 days of November should be decreed a respectful remembrance period for our Fallen, our veterans and our currently serving. We should give ample time and space in all sorts of media for a remembrance reflection. It’s not just on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 o’clock that these thoughts and feelings should occupy our heart.
The retail commercialism that has become Christmas (which in itself could be another rant) can wait. According to most statistics I searched out the vast majority of the shopping is done after “Black Friday” so no need to hype us to death prior to that.
Our media feeds could reflect stories of those individuals, battalions and commanders who have impacted our lives here at home and abroad. We could learn current items like where, besides Afghanistan, do we have Canadian troops stationed. Or how many Canadian bases there and what the average transfer rate is for a soldier these days. We, the average mass media feed Canadian people, know very little about our current army, navy and airforce specialists. I recognize that some items maybe aren’t appropriate for public knowledge but there is a lot that could be shared.
There are thousands of stories that could be pulled from the archives about past conflicts and the men and women that they impacted. It’s by remembering the stories that our current values are shaped.
Unless a huge collection of “little people” start taking a stand not much will ever change. But I personally can give the respect that is due and so for the first 11 days in November my feed will reflect that.
Thanks for stopping in to read. Now I ask for your consideration to also step forward and REMEMBER.