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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget

Today is a very special day. Today is the day that our nation sets aside to pay tribute to, to show respect and to honour those who fought on our behalf. Today is Remembrance Day.
For the last week or so these poppy pins have been seen on many a lapel, shirt, jacket or hat:

Whether or not you agree with war you should respect and honour those willing to fight on your behalf. They are the ones that guarantee your rights and freedoms. It is because of them that you are allowed to share your opinions out loud and for the world to hear.

Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held across the country and the phrases "Never Forget" and "Lest We Forget" will be said many a time. I believe Remembrance Day is important but I also believe that we should hold this feeling in our hearts not just on this one day but throughout the year.

And so to the following I dedicate my thoughts today:

the 619,636 men and women who served in the Canadian forces in World War I

and of those the 66,655 that gave their lives

and the 172, 950 that were wounded

*this from a nation of only 8 million at the time*

the more than one million Canadian men and women that served in World War II

the more than 45,000 of them that gave their lives for our peace and freedom

to those soldiers who have put their lives at risk for us, and others, in many countries such as Cypress, Korea, and the middle East.

to those who are currently in Afghanistan and the 133 who have given their lives there

and to the many more injured and those currently serving.

God Bless you and Thank you.

Last Saturday was the funeral of Lt. Justin Boyes, killed in Afghanistan on October 28th. The funeral was here in my hometown, Saskatoon. A few days after Lt. Boyes was killed Sapper Steven Marshall became the 133rd Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The service and burial were private but the procession allowed members of the public to pay there respect. It was just by chance that my husband and I passed the funeral procession travelling the opposite direction. It moved me to see people lined up on a freeway overpass and on the sides of the road waving our flag.

Lt. Boyes widow has shared with the media her husband's concern that Canada is not supporting its troops.

Recently he told her he was worried that some Canadians are undermining the military's efforts in the ravaged country.
"Justin and I believe in the mission in Afghanistan," she has said.
"One of the things that frustrated him was the lack of support from the Canadian citizens he lived to protect. He said recently, 'we're not losing this war, but if we do, it's because we lost it at home first.'

I may be only one voice but I would like to say I support our military and thank them for what they do. I will honour all of our heroes in my heart, but today I will especially honour the 133 we have lost in Afghanistan.

I've been trying to add video to this post but keep getting an error, so for those of you interested please click Highway of Heroes to visit the YouTube video.

*these images are not my own, they were found with Google Images*

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the post. I'll never forget... my Poppie told stories from the war and even though he only told the funny ones it was enough to make it real for me...not just some thing I read in a text book.

    To those all those who have served or are serving- Thank you.

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  2. Great post. I too support our troops and love to talk to the old veterans, who come in for coffee where I work. We had a very good ceremony at the Legion today, complete with a fly-by from an airplane and helicopter flying in formation. When the bagpipes play Amazing Grace I always tear up, it always moves me.

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  3. Thank you for this tribute. We have our son in the military, and we are so proud of him. Thank you.

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  4. Absolutley! Why would anyone not respect what the brave men and women do for us? It blows my mind, when people talk about our services. Proves the point talk is cheap. Maybe they should stand front & center for awhile first?

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  5. What an outstanding post! Thank you! I have a close friend posted overseas right now so this post hits very close to home. Everyday is Remembrance Day for me, but everyday is also Thanksgiving for being blessed to live in a country such as we do.

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  6. love the tribute.
    I wish more people would speak out/up this way. I get irritated when community members and neighbors don't stick up for those sticking up for us.

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  7. Wonderful, heartfelt post. Thanks for sharing it.

    ~Lisa

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  8. Really beautiful post -- so nicely worded. Here in the US we appreciate the participation of the Canadian forces in these difficult situations...

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