Kid Zone – WHY WE REMEMBER TO NEVER FORGET
What does Remembrance Day signify for you?
Ella: Remembrance Day is a time for me to remember and be thankful for all the soldiers who gave their lives for our country.
Mikaeel: It makes me remember to not take my life for granted and makes me think of my grandpa.
What does peace mean to you?
Ella: To me peace means no more violence. It means people settling their differences without thousands of people dying. It means calm and people feeling secure.
Mikaeel: Peace is when things aren’t violent. Peace is the ability to go outside without being in fear for your life.
Freedom is …
Ella: Having rights as a human of any race, gender, religion or ethnicity. Freedom is being able to go outside, to school, to stores or anywhere and feeling safe.
Mikaeel: The ability to say what you want and do what you want within reason, and not being controlled completely by the government. Freedom is a democracy not a dictatorship.
On Remembrance Day, what symbols come to mind (soldiers, poppies, Flanders Fields…)? Why are these important today?
Ella: All of those symbols come to mind for me as well as crosses and wreathes because that is what my school makes every year to bring to the cenotaph. I think they are important because they help us to never forget which is the entire point of Remembrance Day.
Mikaeel: For me poppies come to mind because poppies represent sleep, peace, and death.
If I could speak to a veteran, I would say …
Ella: I speak to some veterans at the nursing home that I volunteer at and I am so thankful for what they have done. But I also like to talk to them about what they did for the rest of their lives despite the war that took so much from them.
Mikaeel: I would thank them for their service and ask “what is your most prominent memory from the war?”