On this Remembrance Day, I'd like to take a look back at one of the high points of the strip: Lynn's honoring of those who served their country in time of war. The first time I can recall that she'd handled the issue was back in 1988 when a reluctant Mike had to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony. He didn't quite see the point and, since Lynn makes John and Elly more accessible by making them nitwits and lousy citizens, he had no substantive parental help seeing the point. He actually had to attend before he got the message. She dealt with the day in later years by having a Sunday strip close to Remembrance Day to remind us what the veterans did for us all. Here's what she did after 1996:
- 1997: After buying a poppy from a Legionnaire, Elly says that it's a good thing that April isn't exactly sure what a war is. I can't fault her logic there.
- 1998: No entry for that year.
- 1999: John talks to April about Jim's reluctance to discuss his experiences in the Second World War.
- 2000: Jim participates in a Remembrance Day ceremony; April asks why there are so few veterans left.
- 2001: The strip that links 11 September with 11 November.
- 2002: Jim thinks to himself that he marches to remember those who cannot.
- 2003: No entry.
- 2004: No entry.
- 2005: Elizabeth and Vivian Crane prepare for a Remembrance Day celebration; as could be expected, Liz is the one learning the lesson.
- 2006: The first strip set after Jim's stroke; April asks Elly when people will stop waging war.
- 2007: The strip that has a semi-awake Jim remember his experiences in the war; Iris tells Meredith that he slept through the whole thing.
- 2008: No entry.
- 2009: Lizzie yells STOP FIGHTING.
I've noticed a trend with these strips; usually, it's a female member of the younger generation that has to learn the lesson Lynn is trying to impart. You can take that to mean anything you want it to. Also, it's one of the few things that she does really well because it's something she's given a certain amount of thought to. It's not much but it does remind us why we used to like the strip and mourn the decline in quality in the last ten years.