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In my recent journeys as a news reporter I was lucky enough to speak to local Veterans on their impressions of armed combat, Canadian loyalty and the importance of Remembrance Day.
The brave individuals I spoke to noted that November 11 is an significant and symbolic day valued by Veterans and soldiers alike.
It is a day where soldiers have a chance to be recognized and speak to their experiences in combat to an audience of fellow citizens.
It is a day to reflect on the wounds, joys, memories and emotions that are embodied through times of War.
It is a day, a single day amidst 365 others, where people are called upon to show support for individuals who risked their lives, health and future outlook on humanity for the sake of our well-being as a country.
The depth of Remembrance Day runs deep in our collective consciousness – whether we wish to admit it or not, we are all children of War. Canadian natives; young mothers tending to the farm while their still-youthful husbands were away in terrible combat, have felt war. Children too young to recall anything beyond sensations of jubilant relief when their families heard news that the war was done have felt war. Immigrants who escaped the trauma of their native soil for a land that wasn’t closing in on them have felt war.
And we’re still feeling the effects of combat to this day. I recall one of the veterans I interviewed speaking about modern warfare, and how it was a completely different kind of war than what he experienced in World War II. He noted that soldiers today are at the mercy of an often indistinguishable enemy, hidden and novel weaponry and ever changing, volatile rules of engagement.
Even the symptoms of war trauma, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are transforming; so too are the medical and emotional needs from Governmental support systems.
Remembrance Day is so immensely important in gaining insight into what many of our neighbours, family and friends experience when they are involved in – or training for – roles in combat situations.
It is a time to be selfless and show support for those who went to battle for the most honourable reasons; to protect the people they love. It is a time to see the many shades of human feeling, to learn from others and to experience togetherness and community between memory and the present.

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