Lack of knowledge, or respect?

Dear sir:
Well another Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day) has gone by.
If memory serves me right, this day was set aside to remember the people who died in the first and second world wars plus other wars, too. When I went to school, it was a holiday for us kids and I think for everybody.
Then they said kids would be better off in school because the teachers would have a program in the school to remember the fallen soldiers. Maybe this is good, maybe not. I don’t know.
Now maybe we need a program for some adults to remember this day. I believe we should declare this a holiday for everybody but some people think, “Naw, who wants a holiday on the 11th of November?” After all, it’s not nice weather so we’ll have the holiday on the first Monday in August instead (nice weather, go fishing, swimming, etc.)
Now to make one point. I believe the two world wars were fought to give us the freedoms we have today. So maybe if it hadn’t been for the soldiers who died in the wars for us, maybe we wouldn’t have any of these freedoms.
My second point. My wife and I on Nov. 11 went over to the cenotaph, where the Legion members, Legion Auxiliary, and the Sea Cadets did a service to remember the dead.
While this was going on, gravel trucks, pulpwood trucks, and cars rattled by.
Next point. What is this behaviour–lack of knowledge or just plain no respect?
Gary Judson
Emo, Ont.