A Week of Remembering

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“We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

On November 11th, Canada will observe Remembrance Day.  On that day, we will remember the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Across Canada, there will be a moment of silence at the 11th hour.  In the year 1918, WWI hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”

I am wearing a red poppy, which is the Canadian symbol of Remembrance Day based on the poem “In Flanders Fields.”On May 3, 1915, Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was moved to write the poem after he presided over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle Ypres. This week, I am dedicating my posts to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve their countries.

May we all continue to seek peaceful solutions…together.

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.  The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”

Sir Winston Churchill

6 thoughts on “A Week of Remembering

  1. Thank God for our Armed Forces and thank God for the freedom for which many paid the ultimate sacrifice. We owe them our love and respect.

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    • Thank you! My son plays the bagpipes in the Remembrance Day parade. Most times it rains in Vancouver on Nov 11th.And that is when I cannot help but think of those young men in the trenches – cold and homesick. We cannot forget them.

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  2. A fitting sentiment. It’s sad that anyone must risk or lose their life for their country, but we are ever grateful

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    • I agree wholeheartedly. I always liked the quote by John F. Kennedy: “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts and end to mankind”

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