Lest We Forget…

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. On November 11th, 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice agreement, which officially ended World War I.  At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month, peace was finally won, but at a heavy loss. Many lives were lost and over the years, many more have died in the continued fight for freedom. Valiant Canadian men and women have stood up to protect what we define as right and good, and for that we give thanks. While the number of veterans from the great wars is dwindling, there are still many more who serve this great country that I call home and we should all be grateful for the sacrifices that they make.

That is why tomorrow I shall make sure that my poppy is placed over my heart, as I observe a moment of silence and remember. I shall add my voice, as “O Canada” is sung and pause to reflect during “The Last Post”. It is the least that I can do to show respect for the lives lost and the privileges that I am blessed with today. Don’t just read about it though. Stand up and offer your thanks as well, as we remember together.

 

 

You too can show your respect this Remembrance Day. In London, Ontario a Remembrance Day service will be held at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park. There will be a Parade of Veterans that will march from the Delta Armouries to the Cenotaph at 10:35am, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The service will begin  sharply at 10:57am. If you go, remember to wear your poppy and perhaps see if you can find a veteran to thank. It is not an easy task that our soldiers undertake and they deserve our respect for all that they do. One local man’s story can be read here, but there are so many others whose stories are now lost.  That is why the Royal Canadian Legion still holds its annual Poppy Campaign. And if I have to buy a poppy every day during their campaign, it is still a drop in the bucket compared to what our veterans  have given to us.

In closing, I want to share “The Last Post”, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, on the front lines in the Battle for Ypres, Belgium on May 3rd, 1915;

 

The Last Post

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

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