A Nova Scotia Liberal MP wants to introduce a private member’s bill that would make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday.
It’s not the first time the idea has come up; it seems every couple of years, someone floats the idea that Remembrance Day should be a day off work and school so Canadians can honour our veterans.
Listeners to our show know that I have the utmost respect and concern for the men and women who serve our country, but , however well intentioned the idea may be, I can’t support it.
I agree with the stance of the Royal Canadian Legion, who feel that if Remembrance Day was a stat holiday, too many people would treat it as just another holiday.
Think about it.
How many people who enjoy a day off on the Victoria Day weekend actually stop to honour Queen Victoria, or do they just look at it as Firecracker Day or the May 2-4 weekend ?
As we broadcast our show from Veterans Place at Gore Park every year, I continue to be impressed and immensely proud that hundreds of school kids and downtown workers and residents take time to attend the ceremony on Remembrance Day.
I’d hate to lose that.
I think it means more that people interrupt their busy day to honour veterans.
Let’s just leave Remembrance Day alone.