Tuesday, November 11

What Does It Mean To You?

Nicole here - this is an essay I wrote in Junior High about Remembrance Day. I won first prize in the Essay contest that year so I thought it would be fun to share this with everyone. Remembrance Day through the eyes of an eighth grader! 

What Does It Mean To You?

What does the word "war" mean to you? To me, it means the battle that our strong, Canadian soldiers fought with all their heart and soul. You want proof? Our country is said to be one of the best countries to live in, and in my opinion, that is totally true. We live in a democracy, which basically means freedom. People's voices can be heard, and all because of the brave men who decided they wanted to fight, and fight they did.

What does the word "loss" mean to you? To me, it means that thousands of soldiers were gone, demolished, for us. They left their family and friends behind to save us. They were courageous and brave and did all they could. They lost their lives but they won the battle, the battle for freedom.

What does the word "love" mean to you? To me, those men must have loved their country. How many of us love our country so much we would die for it's freedom? Not too many, but many men did back then, enough to make our country the way it is: wonderful.

What does the word "proud" mean to you? To me, it is the way the veterans should feel. We are proud when we win a contest, or when we do something right, but these men had an extraordinary reason to be proud. They should be proud that what they did, all those years ago, made a difference to millions.

What does the word "poppy" mean to you? To me, it is a flower that is worn on Remembrance Day. Not just any flower, the flower that represents the blood of the soldiers who gave up everything for us. When I say everything, I mean everything, their life being the biggest. 

What does the word "freedom" mean to you? To me, freedom is the way our country is, because of our brave soldiers. Freedom is the ability to be heard in society, which is wonderful. When you think of countries with communism or a military government, it makes you think of how lucky we actually are. Of course, many were lost in this battle of freedom, hence the holiday "Remembrance Day."

What does the word "remember" mean to you? To me, it is very different than just thinking. Remembering is feeling your thought. You can close your eyes and feel how much you are grateful for what those men did, you can picture the pain in your head, and you can't wait to open your mouth and express exactly how you feel, which is what I am doing right now.

Whatever all these words mean to you, is not important. What is important though, is that wherever you see a poppy or whenever you hear "Taps," you will remember all the things you have to be thankful for and all the reasons why you should stand proud on Remembrance Day, and all year long.

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