moment of silence is not too big a price to pay. It's easily less a price than that paid by those for whom Remembrance Day is observed each year.
It's far less than the price paid by those who are commemorated by cenotaphs across the country.
It's certainly far less a price than the one paid by those whose names are engraved on thousands upon thousands of crosses and stone markers in Belgium and Holland and France and throughout most of Western Europe.
A moment of silence can't be compared with the "ultimate price."
And it doesn't compare to those who return, some of them broken in body, some broken in spirit, and all with memories that they'd rather forget.
For them - and for all those whose personal memories were obliterated on battlefields where such high prices are always exacted - we need to remember.
For them and for ourselves. Taking a moment out of the day on Nov. 11 to honour the memories of those who died in war on our behalf, as well as for those who risked death to preserve freedom and a better way of life, is more than an appreciation for the incredible sacrifices they made.
As important as it is to ensure that veterans and survivors understand that their sacrifices are not overlooked as insignificant by those of us who are the recipients of the world they built, it is also important that we all remember what was sacrificed - and how steep a price that was paid - so that there is a common understanding that no such price should be paid again.
Take in one of this weekend's Remembrance Day ceremonies. Some folks prefer to remember in solitude as well as silence, and that is understandable.
But there is also a purpose in sharing. Lest we forget.
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