Today is Remembrance Day, here in Canada. It’s a day to reflect on the lessons that we’ve learned from war, especially since World War I; to remember and honour the sacrifices that were made by so many so that we may live in freedom; and to consider the suffering that conflicts are still causing in modern times. The hope is that, in remembering all of these things, we will continue to work toward a more peaceful world.
In these times, it seems especially important to take a moment to pause and remember.
I took a walk in a popular Winnipeg park today, where a Peace Pole was dedicated in 2015. Have you heard of these? The inscription explains that they are “found in over 180 countries to promote peace, understanding, and goodwill.”
This Peace Pole was added to a beautiful little garden in the park that, in the summer, radiates colours and delightful fragrances. Since it’s November, many of the flowers and plant life around the pole lie dormant amongst the evergreens, waiting to bloom again in the spring. A fitting symbol of life, perserverence and hope.
“LEST WE FORGET”
In the meantime, in the nearby pond, all sorts of birds gathered to prepare for their autumn migrations. It felt good to pause and reflect, as I watched with interest how the animals in nature – ducks, geese, and seagulls – managed to share this space in the park.
May we humans continue to learn how to treat each other, our planet, and all life on it with empathy and compassion.