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How Does Remembering Help Us?

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Kansas City has a special tie to Veterans Day as home to the National World War I Musuem. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the nations fighting the "Great War" signed an armistice to end hostilities. What began as Armistice Day in 1919 to remember the sacrifices of the Great War was renamed as Veterans Day in 1954 following the conclusion of two more international conflagrations.

How does remembering help us?

  • Memory creates pathways in the mind. It helps us focus on what's important and ignore what's not.

  • You can't always Google it. Expertise means you can recall and use information that most people need to search for somewhere.

  • Your brain thinks with what it remembers. When you remember something (or someone) you are able to use this memory in your active thoughts.

Our calendars are peppered with days intended to help us remember. Some are imbued with somber emotions or celebrations and feasts. Veterans Day, Mothers Day, Christmas. Depending on your life's experiences, any of these days might bring equal parts joy, sadness, or wistfulness.

Never forget to remember what's important to you.

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