Remember The Soldiers? Or Go Shopping?
On November 11th, the commonwealth countries will show their respect for the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy the benefits of living in a free world. It is recognized as a national holiday here in Canada and up until a few years ago, the entire day was set aside to reflect and remember.
A recent editorial in the local newspaper bore testimony to how even a day such as Remembrance day is no match for commercialization. The editorial was titled “Sunday shopping affected on Nov. 11”. Sunday shopping affected? Affected? Doesn’t that sound to you as if Remembrance day is intruding on one’s right to shop? Yes, that’s what I got from that also.
I have always had an issue with the new Sunday shopping laws that now allow stores to opening earlier on Sundays to help those who make shopping their hobby. Read my blog here. When a holiday as important as this falls on a Sunday, the least we could do is show some respect and observe it to the fullest. It’s only one day versus how many days some of these soldiers spent in war zones fighting to make it possible for us to go shopping.
Remembrance day is a great opportunity for us to sit down with our kids and tell them stories about the wars. Children love shoot em up stories with villains and heroes so we could take advantage of this and spin an interesting story for them. This way, the fading memory of our soldiers would never be forgotten when we are gone.
The editorial should have been, ‘Remembrance day halts Sunday shopping’.
Just my take, Lest We Forget.
- Vets say bar is ‘sexualizing’ Remembrance Day (lfpress.com)
- Remembrance Day 2014: Calls To Close Shops (news.sky.com)
- Why Wear a Poppy (insidehalton.com)
- Sunday Shopping Affected On Nov. 11
- Shop or Family?