Yesterday’s poll question of the day at 900 CHML.com was, do you thinks today’s generation has a good understanding of Remembrance Day?
Two thirds had answered, No.
I have a story from last night’s dinner table that might change your opinion.
My kids told me of their Remembrance Day assembly at school where they heard the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
It’s a story of a young Japanese girl who was succumbing to radiation poisoning in the aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb drop of WWII.
She didn’t want to die. Her doctor told her of a Japanese legend that said if you created a 1000 origami cranes you could be cured by the gods.
She started folding the cranes but only completed 664 before she became too ill to finish.
Her family and friends completed the rest and the 1000 paper cranes were buried with her.
They also erected a statue of Sadako holding a giant crane as a symbol of peace.
My wife asked my 6 year old son what he thought of the story told at school, he said, he cried.
With the discussion, I then passed down stories my mother had told me of WWII and challenged them to talk to her about it.
So, yes they do have an understanding, if we take the time to teach them.
I’m Scott Thompson.