On November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the First World War came to an end. Much of the war had been fought in dug-out trenches across Belgium and France. It is thought that about 9 million soldiers lost their lives, and about 27 million were wounded. During the First World War, the soldiers in their dug-outs could see red poppies growing in the fields of Flanders.
As you wear your poppy this year, please remember the countless soldiers that have given their lives for us, whether in the First World War, Second World War, Korean Conflict, the many peacekeeping missions, or the past/current conflicts in the Middle East. We must honour and thank them for our safe and peaceful country.
Please also remember the horrors of war. The horrible destruction it brings to soldiers and civilians. It may sound simple, but if we could only follow Jesus Christ and his model of love and forgiveness, war would not exist. Please remember and thank all those who gave so much for us to live in the best country in the world. More importantly, please pray for peace. Peace in our own learning community of Our Lady of the Assumption School, peace in our country, and yes, world peace.
On November 11th wear your poppy, honour our fallen, but please pray for peace.