November 11th. The day the “War to end all wars” ended.
Over 16 million people died. 10 million of these were military personnel and nearly 7 million were civilians. Causalities were estimated at 37 million people for both civilians and military veterans.
The numbers are so large that its unimaginable.
But they’re numbers that we should not forget.
Not only did these young men risk their lives, those who survived had to deal with the memory of their time in battle for the rest of their days. Many suffered with PTSD, and the guilt of killing others and that of their friends getting killed and them surviving.
Again, its unimaginable.
99 years later, people all over the world gather to remember those who were lost. In England, they have the Remembrance poppy that symbolises remembrance and hope of all those lost in the war.
In France they have the Bleuet that is worn on the lapels of service people and politicians at remembrance events. The bleuet supports families of service people or police officers who died or were injured in service, as well as victims of terrorism and is ran on behalf of the Office National des Anciens Combattants et Victimes de Guerre.
The money being raised is increasing, however, physical support is decreasing. At a Remembrance service today in France, there were virtually no children. At 21, I was the 4th youngest there. Giving money is great and supportive, but it does not demonstrate the importance of this day. Remembrance services are where young people can be educated about the devastation of the war and gain a better insight and understanding of what occurred. It also displays care and compassion. Something that war veterans needed then and those that fight today need now. Its important to educate the youth on these events, otherwise history is going to repeated.
Unfortunately, today has passed, but you can still educate the youth every day, not just in November, to increase the attendance and acknowledgment of this important day.
These young men risked their lives for their country, and many young people continue to do this today, yet people cannot take the time out of their lives to remember even for a minute. Its sad that these young men risked their lives for this world. An uncaring, terror and independent world, where unity is decreasing rapidly. It saddens me that the attitude now is “they don’t care so why should I?”. But you should care. These people died, and others fight for you and your safety. So next time you find yourself “not caring” about life events, remember. Not just on Remembrance Day but everyday.