Remembrance Day (aka Veterans Day for americans) is, in my opinion, one of the more meaningful named days of the year. While religious holidays vary from person to person, state holidays from region to region, and halmark holidays cater primarily to commerce, Remembrance Day remains one of the more grounded and practical reminders of a reality that potentially faces every human being equally, that of war and sacrifice.
I won't claim to respect soldiers and their causes universally - there are many pointless conflicts we send our people into that burns shamefully. If anything, Remembrance Day should serve as a stark reminder of the reality these men and women face when sent into a conflict, having the potential to be killed or maimed at any given moment. Not just the soldiers themselves but also the civilian populance, who may suffer horribly during and for many years afterwards. "War is hell" is perhaps the perfect summation. It is easy to view a conflict from a distance, read of the statistics, and remain detached from the events, and so I appreciate the grounding this day provides and what it teaches.
But despite that I won't always agree with their cause, I will always respect the willingness of the armed forces to sacrifice that which is most precious in the service of their people.
Lest we forget