Lest We Forget

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Canadian Poppy Did You Know? "Lest" is an Old English word that originated before the 12th century. While not as commonly used as it once was throughout the English speaking world, it is now predominantly used only in North America. According to Webster, the word “Lest” has two meanings. The first is an archaic form of “that”. For example, "Afraid lest he should fail.”

Today many countries around the world are focusing on its more current and relevant meaning, “For fear that” as in “Lest we forget." Today we recall the official end of World War I (WWI) on November 11, 1918 and remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians who lost their lives to protect us in times of war then and since.

Lest we forget... People get upset these days when anywhere from a few to several thousand get killed in a random act of violence or senseless act of terrorism. Can you even begin imagine what thousands of people getting killed on a daily basis over a period of 4 years might be like, never knowing if someone you know will ever come back to you again, fearing that someone will come knock on your door... or that someone in particular won't ever again? 9 MILLION - that's how many soldiers died in WWI alone. They may not have been people you know. In fact most of us were not even alive at that time. But how sure are you that you would even be alive today if it wasn't for them?

Lest we forget... the 9 million fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, husbands, wives, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, friends and lovers. These are the people on both sides and all of them are doing what they are told, for people they believe in to people they don't probably have never even met. We are talking about farmers, business people, shop keepers, athletes, teachers, students, clergy, scientists, leaders, followers and more. How can this be right? Whether it is 9 or 9 million people, what is the value of even one life? We are talking about someone unique, someone that cannot be replaced. What if even one of them had been destined to find the cure for things like Aids, Cancer, or Alzheimer? One of those 9 million might have been someone who could have grown up to solve world hunger, found a clear alternative to fossil fuels or a new kind of leader who might have ushered in a new era of global respect for human rights and world peace.

Lest we forget... all the people who have since died for the basic freedoms we often take for granted. In just 6 years, we will have reached 100 years since November 11, 1918. Will war still hold some meaning to your son or daughter? Will they really understand the impact of death on a massive scale and do everything in their power to avoid it? Will they pass on this awareness to their children?

Lest we forget... how many more wars, how much more loss of human life will it take before people like you and I realize that nobody wins in a war and everybody loses? Will you need to die in order for your family to finally understand?

Today, on this Remembrance Day, please take the time to shine as a representative of the best of humanity and share with at least one other person you know why the only way to win a war is to avoid it.

If you have ever had a friend or family member go off to war on behalf of your country, I hope you were lucky enough to get your loved one back. Either way, I want to thank those men and women on behalf of my family and myself for their courage, support and sacrifices. I sincerely hope that will I see a day in my lifetime when humanity evolves to the point of realizing that we have all the tools we need to be able to resolve conflict without killing.

Lest we forget... the true cost of sacrifice in times of war. and the expensive lessons for all of us to learn. You can either learn to add fuel to the fire or you can figure out that in war, everyone loses. These lessons are brought to you by the sacrifice of human lives, the most expensive lessons you will ever be offered. Don't waste this opportunity to discover the power of heartfelt understanding and forgiveness. It's not about saying that the past was wrong or right. It's about learning from the past, moving on to the future and making sure that nobody ever has to sacrifice their lives again.

This is why it is so important for each of us to remember...Lest we forget.

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