Take a moment today

Take a moment today to remember all the lives that have been lost defending our country, our communities, in war.

Remembrance Day was first marked to commemorate those that died in World War I. It was about that war that John McCrae wrote his famous, haunting poem:

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.

Take a moment today to think of those who have died in other battles, in other times. You might have that special person you always honour on Remembrance Day. For me it’s my grandfather, who fought with the Allies in World War II after fleeing occupied Poland.

But let’s also remember to think of those who come home from war. Think of those who come home traumatized, sometimes, as the Globe and Mail recently reported about Canadian soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, paying with their lives not overseas, but once they come back.

Lest we forget.

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