Today is Remembrance Day in Canada!
Every November 11, at 11:00am, almost every school, town and city has a moment of silence, the laying of wreaths, and the playing of the Last Post. Today was our church’s play group, so we bundled the kids up early and walked the 2 blocks to the cenetaph for the ceremony.
The kids got to see the parade coming. I’d told Tobi a bit about why today was special, and told him it wasn’t a parade like in the cartoons, with big floats and candy being given out. It was a parade to remember the people who died in a big war a long time ago.
Then, they behaved perfectly throughout the national anthem (Tobi kept saying, “I love this song!”), the moment of silence, the prayer, and Scripture reading.
During the (very long) process of laying the wreaths, however, they started to get bored. I couldn’t blame them; they did very well! It seemed like every store and church in town was laying their own wreath, so it took a good 20 minutes. The kids stayed quiet though. Nice!
I don’t know how much the kids really understand about the importance of today. I know Annie doesn’t get it at all. Tobi understood a bit; that a lot of people fought, and a lot of them died, so it was very sad. Then, on this day a long time ago, the war ended. I also told them that even some people in our family had been in the big war; their great-grandpa and I think his brother, as well.
How have you explained the meaning of today (it’s Veteran’s Day in the US, right?) with your kids?
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