Today we honour the men and women who have dedicated their lives in whole or in part, for their fellow men. While called Veterans Day in the US, November 11th is a special day in many countries (known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day) as a day to recognize those who have served in war. (The US also celebrates Memorial Day, in May, which specifically recognizes those who died during service; Veterans Day recognizes ALL veterans.)
The numerology of 11/11 is no coincidence, and many areas conduct a moment of silence at 11am. This is because the armistice to end World War I was signed at 11am on November 11th.
For many people this is an often-overlooked holiday, but I believe it is important to take the time to reflect. We are almost a century away from WWI. Have we learned anything along the way? When I was growing up the theme of our Remembrance Day ceremonies was always "Lest We Forget" and I think it's an important message. We do this, the ceremony, the silence, the wreaths, we do this all, every year, lest we forget. We, who haven't gone to war, seen and participated in the ravages, lost soul, heart, and life to war, we cannot forget the cost. We wear the poppy to commemorate the veterans, and to commit ourselves to peace. Lest we forget. I hope you will join me today, in a few solemn moments of reflection. I truly pray for a world of peace.