12 November 2010

Photo Friday #30

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY  |  VANCOUVER, BC


Our little guy expressed a strong interest in participating in the traditional 2 minutes of silence at 11 o'clock (we cheated a bit and made it an easier 1 minute) for this year's Remembrance Day. He also wanted to witness one of the many ceremonies around town. It seemed like a good idea at the time — let's go down to the docks, an area of our home town we have yet to explore, to watch the 21 gun salute.

Is this the time to mention that I actually abhor guns? This 21 gun salute was actually 3 Howitzers, taking turns every minute for 21 minutes. Each time one went off, it pounded our chests so powerfully it made our hearts flutter past a few beats. I think I lost a couple of weeks of my life in that 21 minutes.


I see the value in conveying the Remembrance Day message to our son — that we must never forget the impact of war. And I think this experience brought home some of the realities of war, to me at least, a little bit. But I'm going to say "Tick. Done that." and look for a less dramatic, more peaceful way to remember next year. I wonder if there is such a thing as a Remembrance Yoga Class? More my speed I think. Hee.

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