Tomorrow is a day of remembrance. A day when we remember those who have fallen and those who have died fighting for freedom. It is hard to explain why it is important to remember people we have never met who did something which we can barely fathom doing ourselves. Yet when we begin to fathom what it is that has happened, we begin to realise how much we owe and how little we can do to repay it.
I have had the privilege of attending many services at various points in my life. One of my earliest memories is watching an Anzac Day march. Hearing and researching the stories of various people in the lead-up to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme helped me understand the cost of what everyone paid and why it is important that it never happens again. Why it is important that we learn from the past, because the conditions which they lived through were horrible and extremely hard to comprehend from the comforts of our modern lives.
But this day is not just about what happened in the past, although that is why it began. The day honours those who have died in all wars even those fought in the present day. I personally do not know of anyone who has died fighting but for some, tomorrow is a day that they will use to remember that person.
So tomorrow at 11am, wherever you are, take a minute to remember those who have died fighting. You might only know the name of someone made famous because of their actions or it might be someone with whom you share a more personal connection with. But let us all pause to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for ours.
P.S. If you’re interested in what I wrote last year, here’s the link.