Remembrance Day and Fireworks!
This could prove to be another controversial post from yours truly, but here goes…do you have a problem with fireworks? How about fireworks on Remembrance Day evening?
I don’t really have a problem with either, although I have had dogs who have terrible reactions to fireworks and I am ex-navy (having lost friends whilst serving, plus my dad, both grandads and many relations have served in various services), hence I understand all the dog-lovers concerns and I do respect Remembrance Day.
Let’s tackle fireworks first of all. I don’t particularly like fireworks being set off at any old time but I do expect them around 5 November and at New Year; they are noisy and they can be dangerous in the wrong hands but they do look spectacular when you watch a riot of colour cascading down from the sky.
There are two reasons I felt I needed to mention fireworks today; both are facebook post related. Once a year my son puts a larger-than-life firework display on. His guests love it, it is spectacular and it only goes on for about 20 minutes (although it is 20 mins constant).
Reading a post on FB (and putting 2 and 2 together) it may be that someone wondered why he chose last night instead of bonfire night. It was simply because 5 November was a school night.
I really don’t feel one Saturday night out of 365 should be a problem but I guess some people do.
This evening there have been a few fireworks going off in our village and a couple of people have moaned about it. I really do not understand this; to be honest Remembrance Day is actually tomorrow – 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It is 10 November today. In addition we did have services countrywide to ‘remember them’ at 11am today, so by 6pm I am sure that whoever let off a few fireworks did so with no ill-feeling nor disrespect.
My final thought for the day is this; why do Remembrance Services have to be religious? Why do we have to pray? Can we not remember those who have died in action simply through thought and a respectful few minutes silence?
I would love to hear your thoughts.