If you are 18 years old today, you typically worry about winning or losing your next video game. During World War II, if you were 18, you went to fight in a war in which your life was at risk and too many did not make it home.
If you are 23 years old today, you graduate from university and move back in with your parents until you find a job. After the war ended there were many 23 year old war brides who become war widows.
We are a very lucky and free nation thanks to some very brave men and women.
The Royal Canadian Legion says it well:
They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning,
We will remember them.