Friday, November 11, 2011

A Proper Perspective

No sleeping in this morning for me as my 8 month old is uncharacteristically awake at 7:30 am.  As I lie in bed hearing the wind roar and the rain beating off the windows I think of my husband who is doing Red Serge duty later this morning at the Remembrance Day Service.  “Sucks to be him” I think as I contemplate dragging my kids out to the service to watch from the protection and warmth of our vehicle.

Then I realize what Remembrance Day is all about.  It’s remembering that men lived and died in trenches in conditions much worse than a little November rain.  It’s being thankful for the men and women who now serve our country to assist in bringing peace to other countries.  And never forgetting that we enjoy the freedom we do because battles were fought, wars were won, and lives were lost.

Thank-you Veterans and Members of the Canadian Armed Forces.  Canada is eternally grateful.  I am eternally grateful.


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
Dr. John McCrae, Canadian Soldier, May 1915

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