Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest We Forget ....

I have a German student this year, my sweet darling Lena. She's been asking questions about Remembrance Day -- what happens on that day? How do we honour the fallen? Do I have anyone who was directly connected to either of the wars. She said that she finds it wonderful and new to be in a country where we celebrate our military and honour those who have died defending our country and our freedom. Her grandmother's brother was killed on the Russian front and his body never recovered: her grandma cried one year after reading his letters. He was just 22 years of age.

Germans don't study German history at any time in their education because of the guilt and shame they still feel to this day. Do you want to know Germany remembers the wars?

Each year, holocaust survivors come to German schools and speak to the Grade 10 and up students about their experiences in the concentration camps -- about what was done to them; how horrible it was; how horrible it still is for some in remembering that they survived while thousands didn't. Lena heard 2 Polish survivors last year and cried throughout the talk. 

It has given me a whole new perspective on "Lest We Forget".

Our brave guys may not have come home, but we hold our heads high for them and we honour them by remembering their sacrifice. Not only do we have the blessing of being victors, but we also have the blessing of pride because of what these brave men (and women) have done and continue to do.

Thank you: we will not forget.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a different perspective for sure. Aren't we blessed to live in countries that honor their military.

Joseph Pulikotil said...
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A beautiful tribute.

Share my Garden said...

I was a war baby, my father served in the British army throughout WW2, and I've taken part in memorial services every year since childhood. It has been interesting to observe the changing attitude over the years. At college I became close friends with a German student and we had many conversations about the problem of national guilt and how one moves forward. This centenary year there have been a great many programmes and events dealing with the two world wars and a big education programme for the young. Gone are the days of simplistic, nationalistic attitudes but I do believe that knowledge, rather than denial, is essential.
Sadly, as current news informs us, any nationality is capable of atrocities . I now wear the white peace poppy each November, which is the message that I wish for the world.

Lisa said...

I had no idea how this is taught in Germany - amazing.