Our View: This Sunday, it doesn't matter if the barista screwed up

We have a simple request for this coming Sunday.

Don’t complain.

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Especially on social media.

If the barista accidentally put some foam on your hot beverage – even though you clearly said, “no foam” – let it go. Don’t go on Twitter and whine that they got it wrong and that you’re now really bummed about it.

If someone cuts you off in traffic, don’t post something later on Facebook complaining about the injustice of it all.

Seriously, don’t.

Sunday is Remembrance Day. It’s the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – which was supposed to be the war to end all wars.

It’s a day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made on the altar of freedom – as well as a day to consider how we can bring more peace to our current society.

It should be the one day we forget about all the petty annoyances of life to consider something bigger than all of us.

Even better than not complaining is showing up at a local Remembrance Day ceremony and supporting our veterans.

Burnaby residents have two good opportunities to honour fallen members of the armed forces.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 83 is holding its service at the South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (at the corner of Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). 

The morning proceedings will begin around 10:30 a.m. with a parade from Fire Hall #3 at 6511 Marlborough Ave. and head west on Bennett Street before turning south on Nelson Avenue and southwest on Jubilee Avenue, into the park and ending at the cenotaph. 

In North Burnaby, the ceremony will be in Confederation Park, following a parade at 10:30 a.m. from the McGill Library parkade, through Confederation Centre, east on Albert Street, north on Alpha Avenue and into the park. (Note: the parade will no longer muster at Safeway and go along Hastings Street.)

Both ceremonies take place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 to coincide with the time in 1918 that the First World War ended.

If you can’t make the event, perhaps you can note the time when 11 a.m. hits and take a moment of silence. Discuss it with your children. Make the moment mean something.

There will be plenty of time to complain about life when Monday rolls around.


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