• Jacob Sajko

Are Holiday Promotions Overshadowing the Importance of Remembrance Day?

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many businesses are already beginning to advertise their winter promotions and deals. However, some believe that the advertisement of the holiday season is taking away from Remembrance Day on November 11th.

Remembrance Day is a day set to honor those who have fought and continue to fight for our

freedom. Each year on Remembrance Day, almost all retail stores, schools and public services are shut down in order to spend the day reflecting on how lucky we are to be Canadians.

As you walk into your local grocery store or into the mall, instead of seeing the poppy plastered on flyers, products and posters, you see pictures of a festive nature: Santa, reindeer, jingle bells, etc. Is it truly disrespectful to veterans to begin the celebration of the holiday season before Remembrance Day has passed? Does the advertisement of the holiday season take away from Remembrance Day?

Many people will say yes, it does in fact. This is due to the fact that they believe the sight of wrapping paper, gifts and magazines overshadows the importance of Remembrance Day. Many people believe it is inappropriate to already be thinking of the joyous season ahead before we take time to reflect on the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

Maybe instead of having holiday themed advertisements, we should have Remembrance Day themed ones. Yes, wearing the poppy in remembrance of those who have fought is respectful, however it is important to not only just wear the poppy but to also be active in reflecting upon the people who have fought for our country. Just because stores are advertising their Christmas products does not mean they are not thinking about our veterans on Remembrance Day.