Remembering and Remembrance
Memories offer us potential solutions to current problems and help guide and direct us when solving them. Personal memories are essential for social interactions. Being able to recall personal memories provides important material when making new friends, forming relationships and maintaining ones we already have
The importance and the power of remembering when reconnecting with a friends and family that you haven’t seen or spoken with for many weeks, months or years. The conversations are electric of stories that we had shared, ones that are unique to our relationship, and therefore could only be shared and remembered by the two or more people. The more we talked, the more we remembered, and before we knew it two hours had passed, and yet it felt like we had just sat down.
Such is the power of remembering. Such is the power of having someone else remember something about us and about our shared history. We are all, I’m sure, warmed by the experience of someone saying to us, “I have this wonderful memory of you, of the time when you………” To be remembered is to feel honored and cared for.
Memory is the foundation of culture and identity, and our enhanced capacity for memory is what separates us from all other living creatures. Identity is rooted in knowing and remembering our origin and history, whether it be that of an individual, a family, an institution, a country, or even a religion. And identity and meaning are strengthened when we gather and share our stories.
This connection between memory, identity, and meaning is the reason we as a nation will once again celebrate Remembrance Day. On Remembrance Day we remember and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country, and we honor the fact that our collective identity today is rooted in their sacrifice. Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, said, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, and no future.”
The saying, “living in the present moment” and not getting “stuck in the past,” I also know that we can become “stuck in the present’ when we fail to remember how much our present, our identity and our culture are all shaped by our history. Remembrance Day provides us with the perfect chance to balance both the present and the past. As we gather with friends and family, let’s also make time to remember and give thanks for those who have gone before us, shaping our lives today.
Quotes of Remembering and Remembrance
Remembering the past gives power to the present – Fae Myenne Ng
It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -Thomas Campbell-
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
They gave their tomorrows so we could have our today….. Least We Forget
Things end but memories last forever.
Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever
Forget the mistake, remember the lesson
We don’t remember the days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese-
No day shall erase you from the memory of time.
“Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”- Dr. Seuss-
May we never forget freedom isn’t free – Unknown-
Nothing is as nostalgic as remembering your childhood memories.
Remembering is easy. It’s forgetting that’s hard. -Brodi Ashton-
Sometimes I wish I could just rewind back to the old days and press pause .. just for a little while.
A million feelings. A thousand thoughts. A hundred memories. One person.
Memories are timeless treasuries of the heart.
Some moments are simply unforgettable
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