A Pittance of Time…
To some Remembrance day is just another day off of school or work, but to others the day has much more meaning. It can be a time to reflect on those people who fought so hard for freedom and helped Canada expand to the beautiful country that it is today, a safe location for people of all ethnicities. As generations get older and our population ages, we lose a connection with those veterans who served in wars, if they are not around, it is hard to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices they went through so long ago.
Why does Remembrance Day fall on November 11th?
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Armistice was signed in November 1918 to signal the end of World War 1. To this day, ceremonies are held in many countries around the world, where wreaths are laid beside war memorials and veterans are acknowledged for their services. A 2 minute of silent reflection commences after the “Last Post” is traditionally played, which in military life, ‘marks the end of the day and the final farewell’
But why wear a poppy?
Flanders is the name of the whole western part of Belgium and where a lot of fighting was concentrated. Buildings, roads, and trees were demolished in complete devastation, turned into a muddy gravesite where soldiers continued to fight. However, one other thing did survive, poppies! The poppy continued to flower each year with the warm weather, ‘it brought life, hope, colour, and reassurance to those still living and fighting.’ In 1918 Moira Michael wrote a poem “We shall keep the faith” in response to John McCrae’s famous “In Flanders Fields” poem, promising to wear a poppy in honour of our dead, which began the tradition of wearing a poppy in remembrance.
I think it is important to educate our children of the importance of Remembrance day and why we take time to remember and reflect. Talk to your children about your parents or grandparents experiences, borrow some books from the library, teach your children John McCraes’ “In Flanders Fields” poem and explore the meaning with them. A music video that I like to watch each year around Remembrance Day is “A Pittance of Time” by Terry Kelly, who wrote a song about an experience he had on Remembrance Day in 1999 in a Shoppers Drug Mart.
Lastly, listen to what your children are learning in school and in daycare, you may too learn something new and inspiring from them.
By: Jennifer Kelly
Originally from Halifax, Jennifer joined Nannies on Call in 2008 as a booking agent and since then has been involved in almost all avenues that Nannies on Call has to offer – from On Call & placement nannying to back up booking agent and placement assistant. During this time she completed her Bachelor of Education at UBC and then took some time off to travel around parts of Europe, Australia and Asia. Always happy to talk about travel and nannying, plus how the two can intertwine! With her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics she may even throw in some physical activity ideas for children!