Remembrance Day 2008

The eleventh hour, the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Today is the 90th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Known as the war to end all wars, it unfortunately didn’t achieve that goal.

Since the end of that war there have been many major wars and numerous other quasi-wars. World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan just to name a few.

Remembrance Day here in Canada, or Veteran’s Day in the States are both relevant today. Freedom and liberty aren’t free, they have to be protected and sometimes fought and died for.

So on this special day let’s pause and think of the young men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country’s freedom. We should also think of those who returned maimed physically and mentally as a result of their service to country.

My grandfather served in World War I. He never talked much about his experience, but he sure appreciated life the rest of his days. My father and mother served in World War II as did two of my uncles. I will be thinking of you today. Thanks for your service.

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.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae
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2 Responses to Remembrance Day 2008

  1. stamperdad says:

    Sounds like a great program. Here in Canada there is a program running to interview vets and capture their experiences for future generations.

    Thanks
    Steve

  2. Dominique says:

    My uncle was at Normandy in WWII…and he’s never talked much about the experience, until a woman he met on one of the Honor Flights asked if she could interview him on tape for an oral history project she was doing about WWII vets. Fascinating listening to the tape…
    The Honor Flight, BTW, is a project where the community sends WWII vets on an escorted and paid-for trip to see the WWII memorial in D.C. My uncle went last year and was thrilled to be able to make the trip.

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