Remembering Remembrance Day with Ali Punjani
November 24, 2017
Ali Punjani is a fellow VPCI student who attended the Remembrance Day panel in the library during lunch in the library on November 11th. During this panel, students at our school talked about their personal experiences and how they have been affected by tragedies in their home countries.
Sana Mohammed: Describe, in your own words, what the Remembrance Day panel was about to you?
Ali Punjani: To me, the Remembrance Day panel was a great experience. I heard stories about brave individuals (that go to our own school) and how they have faced fears in ways not many children our age would have imagined. I think that one of the main ideas of the Remembrance Day panels was to really be grateful that we are able to say we live in a peaceful country that no longer pits people against people and for the most part likes to promote peace.
SM: How has the Remembrance Day panel changed the way you perceive things now? Do you feel any different?
AP: The Remembrance Day panel really helped to open my eyes in terms of how grateful we should be to live in a country like Canada. Honestly, it is great to see how fortunate we are, living freely away from war. Unlike other places in the world where people are suffering and dying because of violence, we live in country where we are kept safe from any danger. The speakers really made me think about how we all need to step back and be thankful to be in this country.
SM: If you could take back one most important thing from the panel, what would it be?
AP: If I could take back one most important thing from the panel it would be the importance of learning and spreading information. I learned that there are so many issues around the world that we cannot fix, but we still need to inform other people because the world is not always a happy place. There are horrible things happening everyday. If we spread the world about issues that affect people who may be so far from us, it can help us to strengthen our communities here so that we understand the importance of uniting together instead of battling apart.
SM: Do you think we should have Remembrance Day panels, or panels like these in general more often? Why or why not?
AP: Yes, I think these types of panels should happen more often. Like I mentioned before, it is important to spread awareness. These panels help to share stories of individuals and give a sense of what people around the world are experiencing to those listening to their stories. Having these panels really makes people reevaluate a lot of things. Sometimes, people sharing their personal experiences with tragedies can change a listener’s bad habits into something good.