Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada, Veteran's Day in the US, and Armistice Day in the UK, and across the world people will stop and be in silence for 2 minutes on the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month to remember all you have fought, and died, in all war. This is the first year were there are no World War I vets at most ceremonies, as there are only believed to be maybe 5 or 6 left in the world.

This poem was written during the First World War by a Canadian soldier, who did not make it home. It is inscribed on the back of our 10 dollar bill, and every school child is taught it at school.

One day I will have to share my pictures and memories of a trip to France, were we traveled many battle site, more cemeteries and the amazing stories and things we saw, including a women tending Canadian graves for 55 years, at the time, as she had since they brought them injured through town in Bayeux.

Today is not only for the World Wars though, it is to remember ALL veterans of ALL conflicts, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and all members of our peace keeping forces who have given their lives to our great nation's service, and for the dream of a peaceful world for all.

1 comment:

Thelma said...

I was familiar with this poem but did not know its history. What a lovely post. Thanks so much!