November 7, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 49): Remembrance Day

This is Week 49 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. Your memories are your legacy to your children and grandchildren. Don't let them be lost over time. Join us and write your memories down, either privately or as a comment on this blog or on your own blog.

Remembrance Day (also called Veteran's Day) is only a few days away. I remember in school that older vets would come and talk to us about WW2. It was pretty interesting! Then one of the students would stand up and recite "In Flanders Fields"

We'd have our moment of silence which, when we were very young, was just an opportunity to suppress giggles. It was only when we were a bit older that I think we had any appreciation of the solemnity of the occassion and what it really meant.

As an adult I have many military men in my family who I am proud of - my father, my son, my two nephews.... I like to take that moment of silence on Remembrance Day to think of them. But I honestly don't recall my mom or dad making a big deal out of that day.

My father was a Lieutenant in WW2 and was sent to England. I wasn't born at that time but as a child I always wanted to know about his time in the war. All he would ever say was "We swung through the trees like monkeys". I wonder if that's why I love monkeys so much! I have a Monkey bank that used to be my dad's which he gave me when I was 10. It's my absolute prized possession and sits safely on a shelf. I would be devastated if anything happened to it.

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