Remembrance Day 2019: Lest We Forget

“The Homecoming” by sculptor Morgan MacDonald Tonight, as the twilight closes in on November 11th, Remembrance Day, I think of my Father who was one who came back from WWII. The day he left home for the first time, in a soldier’s uniform at 18 years of age, he remembered hearing his mother playing a…

We Will Remember Them

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…

A Week of Remembering – A Queen Speaks

“I cannot lead you into battle.  I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.” “The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws…

A Week of Remembering – A Writer Speaks

“If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,” Kansas City, 1918, Ernest Hemingway signed up for Red Cross duty to become an ambulance driver in Italy. In May of that year, he arrived in Paris  to find a city under bombardment from German artillery; by June, he was…

A Week of Remembering – A President’s Wife Speaks

“Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw” Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States (1933 – 1945), understood that the road to peace was not for the fainthearted. It would take hard work and a strong determination to believe that reconciliation and peaceful outcomes…

A Week of Remembering – A Scientist Speaks

The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.” Remembrance Day services honour the fallen.  It is a memorial, a time of giving thanks and a way of showing respect for the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  But there are many others who have…