“Oh, is it five dollars?” I asked, a tad embarrassed of my small donation.
“No no, it's whatever you would like to give. You don't owe me anything.” The Veteran, in humility, replied.
I was immediately taken aback by the irony of his statement. I thought, “Yes sir, I do owe you, my very life in fact.” I wished I had told him that at the time.
None of us likes war. Sadly though, war sometimes becomes inevitable. And when those wars have arisen, it's good to know, we have had such brave Canadians respond and fight for our freedoms. Whether or not you feel you were brave, and whether or not you felt the weight of fear in combat, is not what defines bravery. What is important is that you did what you had to do, and good came out of it. I salute you!
Your sacrifice reminds me of the greatest sacrifice ever made. After all, it was Jesus who said,
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (NIV)
This Remembrance Day, let's be sure to honour the fallen, and thank those who made it back home to the land they protected. And maybe, if we make a special effort to honour these people, and take note of their sacrifices, we will think..., and then think twice, before entering into wars that may not need to happen. But may we never become apathetic towards defending the defenseless in any regard, as well as protecting our own.
One more thought, especially to the younger generations, Veterans, like everyone else, are human beings in need of care, attention, and love. Let's make sure we do all we can to help any Veterans, who may now need our help due to the effects of old age, or the injuries of war. After all, we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid.
May we never forget.