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Opting out of ceremonies insults those who sacrificed so much

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As I sit here watching the movie Passchendaele, I think about how these people risked their lives, time and time again, to allow us to have the country and freedoms that we have today.

Today, I heard on the news that children in schools have the option to opt out of Remembrance Day ceremonies, mainly because of their religion and beliefs; I have never been so furious in my life. How dare you take what these people gave up their lives for, and make it seem like something so unimportant?

If they hadn’t done what they did, we wouldn’t be here today and we wouldn’t have our freedoms as Canadians. This is the one day we give to those people to celebrate what they’ve allowed us to have and to remember what they lost by doing so. Can you not give them that respect?

Since the year I was born my mother began taking me to Remembrance Day ceremonies, and I’ve participated in one every year at school. One year, I even hosted one of my school’s assemblies and felt honoured to speak in front of the veterans. Shame on those of you that feel this isn’t a day to take part in – I don’t care what your religion or beliefs are – if you live here, you respect what our veterans did for us and give them their moments of silence.

Nowadays, we are way too impatient and busy worrying about whether we’ll get to work on time; you wouldn’t have that job if it wasn’t for these amazing people. Again, I’m embarrassed for anyone that ignores this day; this is a total show of disrespect, and on November 11 I hope you have the chance to find one of these veterans, look them in the eye, and tell them you don’t respect their losses and sacrifices.

When you realize how ridiculous you look, maybe then you will decide to remember on Remembrance Day. Until then, I feel very, very sorry for you.

Ella Fulmes, St. Albert


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