Je me Souviens
There is a poppy I carry throughout the year, not just for the one day a year when the country gathers together to officially remember. Because it is not just one day a year that men and women have suffered and died in hopes of making my life better. Because it is not just one day a year that I check the Army's list of fallen soldiers for people I know. Because it is not just one day a year that their sacrifices matter. Because for those who make it back and those left behind one day is not enough. Once a year we recite "In Flanders Fields" and try to instil upon the children the costs of their freedom and their lives, but it is not once a year that we enjoy it. The poppy is just a symbol - but it is a powerful symbol. It tells us all to remember the fallen, remember the survivors, remember the sacrifices, remember the costs. Ironically the plant itself can help one forget - but we use it to remember. From the English saying "Lest we forget" to the Quebec motto "Je me souviens" we must remember. We must never forget. We must remember every single day, because every single day we live the way we do because they died the way they did.