10 year old Megan Adams was overwhelmed and beyond nervous at the thought of singing in front of the Queen and the British Prime Minister at the Royal British Legion's Remembrance Day event at the Albert Hall, London. She had been chosen along with four other girls from families serving in the armed forces, to form an all girls group to sing a special song composed for the event.
"You'll come back when it's over,
No need to say goodbye..."
The song was beautiful and moving, there was hardly a dry eye in the auditorium. Then, a big surprise was announced. Megan's father, a Naval officer who had been serving in the Indian Ocean, had returned 3 months early and was in the audience. We witnessed the emotional moment when a child who thought their father was far away, sees him returning. Visibly overcome with emotion, Megan cried "Daddy!" and raced to meet him. As he engulfed her in his arms, she burst into tears and held him tight. He got down on his knees and hugged her for what seemed like an eternity. The one her heart had longed for, had returned and she was at peace in his arms.
Every year, a memorial day is set aside to remember the sacrifice made by many young men and women, who gave their lives to rid the world of tyranny and secure our freedom. Wreaths are laid, special songs sung and eloquent speeches delivered. At the Royal British Legion event there were tears as the departed were remembered along with cheers for the elderly Chelsea Pensioners: the ones who survived. The tradition of remembering those who have died for us is common in countries all around the world. In the USA it is called Veteran's Day, in New Zealand and Australia it is ANZAC Day, and in South Africa along with many other nations, they commemorate Armistice Day. It is a day to remember and be thankful.
On a different occasion, over two thousand years ago, another remembrance day was inaugurated. On the night he was betrayed, on the eve of Passover, Jesus took some unleavened bread. When he had said the blessing, he broke the bread and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”