As a British national I have always wondered why the end of May? In the UK we officially remember our fallen servicemen and women on the second Sunday in November. This is the Sunday closest to November 11th (when Americans celebrate Veteran’s day). On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour there is an official observance of two minutes of silence to mark the time when Armistice became effective in the UK (marking the end of the First World War in 1918).but the remembrance day ceremonies always take place on that Sunday. It is great for me – I get to officially raise a glass to our absent friends three times most years, although with 34 years of service between us and a life still immersed in a military/veteran community for my hubby and I the honors and remembrances are much more frequent.
There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t think about friends and colleagues who have fallen in recent conflict and we spend a considerable time with Oliver North remembering those who have bravely secured our freedom in wartimes past as well. That is how our life is though. We have both been in or around the service community since we left high school. It is a part of our life and always will be. I recognize for others that it is not part of their daily lives to be thinking about wartime and conflict so Memorial Day, Veteran’s day, Remembrance Sunday are all so important .Whatever the history and reasoning behind the choice of date, I do think it is fitting that Memorial day should mark the beginning of the summer. A new season, a bright, warm, sunny season full of long, hopeful, dreamy, lazy, days. It is a happy freedom . It is also the time of graduation, that big step forward into the future, a time for new beginnings. What better time can there be to remember all those who made our freedoms possible, who gave up all their new beginnings and warm and sunny seasons so that we could enjoy ours in peace and security?