Remembrance Day, also referred to as Poppy Day by my children, is very important in our home. Not only because my husband is military, but because I truly believe it is important to honor those veterans that have served, and continue to serve, our country with the very best of intentions. Those that have put their country, and fellow countrymen, first; risking their lives, their mental and physical health, and the relationships with those they love. For me, it has nothing to do with politics or whether one agrees with past or current missions. It is simply a day to honor veterans of the past, present, and future. It is a day to pay tribute to their lives, spirits and sacrifices.
Over the weekend, while taking the time to speak with Fiona and Patrick about Remembrance Day, and teaching them the first verse of the poem In Flanders Fields, we put together a poppy craft - poppy sun-catchers - to display in our front window. The kids made five poppies, one for each family member.
On the day after Halloween, the widow and six year-old daughter of one of my husband's friend's, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan (see this post written two years ago), made a Facebook challenge encouraging us, before pulling out our Christmas decorations, to decorate for Remembrance Day. Every year we have always hung a homemade poppy wreath on our door, however the kids and I took it up a notch this year by accepting their challenge, and created this window display!
The banner is made out of pages from an old ruined book, and the cardboard letters were cut from a frozen pizza box and coloured with a black sharpie. We pinned the letters on twine with clothespins, and admired our work! The pictures don't do it justice. My good camera's battery needs replacing, so I took these pictures with my camera phone.
Tomorrow morning I will be attending Fiona and Patrick's school Remembrance Day ceremony, and in the afternoon the kids will be laying a wreath with my mother, who is avidly involved in a local Legion, at an Ottawa cenotaph. I have no doubt tomorrow will be a day filled with tears; and numerous discussions/questions about Remembrance Day, Daddy, Daddy's current deployment, peace, war, and soldiers. One thing is for certain, we will remember.