Subin Park (G.10)
I feel awkward in school to celebrate Pepero day since I also respect Remembrance day, and how Canadians commemorate November 11th. Korean memorial day is a significant day for Koreans, and especially for me since my grandpa is in the national cemetery. I think there is no difference between remembrance day and the memorial day since they both show respect towards the soldiers who have participated in the event.
Unlike the other teachers, I personally don't feel "odd" or "weird" about these two events coinciding on the same day as when I was growing up in South Korea, I celebrated Peppero day with my friends on November 11th. In all honesty, I understand quite well the confusion and to some extent the frustration our students experience for I went through a very similar situation during my first few years in Canada. In a very odd way, these two events have come to terms with each other and called their own truce currently residing in equal portions of my mind and working together on this crucial day. In my mind, Remembrance Day and Korean's Memorial Day have the same purpose but the way people approach each day is different. Remembrance Day is celebrated in Western society to show mutual support and create an intense community across borders and oceans for many countries supported each other during WWI, WWII, and Peacekeeping times. However, Korean Memorial Day is a national holiday.
Dayoon Lee (G.11)
On Korea's Memorial Day, I think about the Korean soldiers who died with honor for the nation in the 6.25 Korean War. It was a tragic incident, indeed. I feel sad and sorry, but at the same time, very thankful for bringing peace. I am positive that this will be same to the Canadian teachers when they think about the Remembrance Day. However, they would have stronger emotions than me since Canada is their mother country while it is my second language country for me. I guess I feel more connected to Korean's Memorial Day. It's very ironic that Pepero Day is overlapped with Canada's remembrance day. I rather think that it is unfortunate because such a casual and festive atmosphere would go against the serious and meaningful day when you have to think of the soldiers who died during the war. Also, Pepero day is just a marketing mean for Pepero companies, targeted for couples!! It would have been better if these days did not overlap.
It was difficult on that day when we tried to do both. This we decided to observe remembrance day on Nov 12th. This allowed us to still celebrate Pepero day and have fun on that day. It then allowed us to be more reflective and serious on the next day remembering those that have sacrificed so much. I do not know much about the Korean Memorial day. I know that it is observed on June 6th but I have not taken part in any ceremonies.
Eric Lee (G.12)
Although a number of people, especially those who view Pepero day only as a business, do not favor Pepero day being overlapped with remembrance day in Canada , I personally feel both are important. Since I was able to attain lots of pleasant childhood memories from Pepero day, I believe Pepero day also can hold some significant meanings to somebody. Imagine people having a wonderful time with their lovers on Pepero day. Pepero day is not as meaningful as remembrance day, but it is not meaningless. I believe Korean memorial day is one of the most important days as Korea has a myriad number of veterans. Therefore, on June 6th, people should always try to commemorate those who fought for our country. I do not think there is a big difference between Korean Memorial day and Canadian Memorial day because the ultimate purpose of having memorial day is the same.
David Lee (G.9)
What I think about remembrance day being overlapped with Pepero day is outrageous because in one country (Korea) they celebrate a day for a cookie just because it looks similar to the date they celebrate (11.11), as the other country (Canada) commemorates for the soldiers who died in the battles for their country's peace and freedom. I think Korean’s Memorial Day is a very serious day as remembrance day is in Canada. Since they both are really serious memorial days, which commemorates the soldiers of their countries, I think there are no big differences between Korean’s Memorial Day.