Re: "Face of Remembrance Day is changing," Nov. 16.
I was pleased to read in Shannon Corregan's column about what I assume is a budding tradition on Facebook for young people to replace their profile pictures with a poppy as a sign of their remembrance. What a lovely new tribute.
I also appreciate the point she was trying to make about changing traditions and making the services relevant for all who attend. Having said that, I cannot wholly agree with her point about the prayers and hymns. I suggest these are not so much a religious observance as a part of the act of remembrance itself.
Those prayers and hymns were the prayers and hymns those veterans we honour heard and sang when they either buried their comrades or held a first service for them. Maybe we all don't know the words and aren't able to sing but those veterans do, and I believe for them, it is very much a part of the observance.
Sometimes ensuring relevance and meaning includes embracing things from the past.
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