beautiful and sad
Yesterday we had a Remembrance Day ceremony at school. I sang with the choir - which consists only of three people - in front of the whole school. I was really afraid before, especially because these kind of songs are always so high! But once I was singing the stage fright was gone and I could enjoy it. Other students talked about the two world wars, the wars in Korea and Afghanistan and also about peacekeeping forces. Veterans, politicians and the cadets were there as special guests. We watched a video about the trip a couple of students and teachers made to Europe last year. They visited important places like the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, Germany´s capital Berlin and the Anne Frank house. The pictures made me even more emotional because I have seen a lot of this places by myself. Earlier this year I went to the Dachau concentration camp. I spent a lot of time with research for a presentation I had to do for school. It actually is one of the most famous concentration camps in Europe, basically because it was one of the first camps in Germany and 12 years continuously in operation. It wasn´t an extermination camp like Auschwitz where at least 1.1 million prisoners were gassed, thereof 90 percent Jewish. Dachau was mainly for political prisoners, this could be anybody who said or apparently said something against the Nazi system. Around 42000 prisoners died, although the camp was supposed to be a work camp. The speakers at the ceremony brought the feelings back I had when I visited this terrible place. They talked about how they thought they would be prepared because they had read the book and they had seen the movies. But nothing prepares you for that.
Today I went to the ceremony in my town where approximately the same happened. In the beginning, the band played "Oh Canada", in the end "God save the Queen" and in between they read out the Act of Remembrance and we had a moment of silence. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and hope I´ll experience another Remembrance Day over the next years.