Today is not only Red Friday but it is also the kick off of Veterans’ Week. Veterans’ Week takes place every year from November 5 to November 11. During Veterans’ Week there are hundreds of ceremonies and events held across Canada to recognize the acheivements of our Veterans and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
When many people think of Veterans they think of our grandparents and great-grandparents who fought in WWI and WWII. Today our veterans are our neighbors, our spouses, our siblings and our parents. Tobei is a Veteran and even we have a hard time thinking of him as one.
This week will be filled with guest posts from friends of mine that wanted to take part and share their stories. The stories involve why they wear a poppy, memories of their family members who have served and we even have a post from the founder of Operation Cooking For Soldier On. I do hope that you come by each day to read their posts and take the time remember.
If you are looking for a way to remember and honor our Veterans there are many ways to do it. Veterans Affairs Canada has a list of some ways that you can do so (All links open in a new window);
- Pin a poppy above your heart.
- Attend the local Remembrance Day ceremony.
- Talk to a friend or relative who has just returned home from Afghanistan or who served in other areas of conflict.
- Listen to Veterans talk about their experiences.
- Create a mashup and share it on the YouTube Channel and on our Veterans’ Week Remembrance Feed.
- Visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Facebook fan page, write on our wall and share how you remember.
- Change your Facebook profile picture to a poppy.
- Blog, tweet or update your Facebook status about the importance of remembrance.
I hope that every day you remember and thank those who serve and have served to keep our country safe. We shouldn’t need a week dedicated to it or a day. However make sure to take extra time this week and this Remembrance Day to do so.
How will you remember our Veterans this week? Will you be attending the Remembrance Day ceremony in your town? Will you be participating in the moment of silence at 11 on November 11th?