Remembrance Day, Canada, 2009

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Ottawa, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. photo by Vince Versace

REMEMBER THEM ALL TODAY

Their faces flash across the screens, another young boy not coming home, another family man never again to hug his kids, another young woman never to return and be daddy’s little girl again. When does this all end and how do we make it so?

Old and weathered, our veterans of wars past grow frailer but they will soldier on today. They will attend cenotaphs across our great nation, to honour the war dead, honour their fallen friends and recall a sacrifice too great to ask of most.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Val D’Or, Quebec, Penticton, British Columbia, Edmundston, New Brunswick – our fallen, our recent war dead on the field of battle in Afghanistan, may all hail from such different hometowns but they call one nation home, Canada and it is our responsibility to remember them.

They are in fact our brother, our sister, our father and our mother. On dusty, windswept plains, they fight, they soldier on, fighting an enemy that has never wronged them directly, never wronged Canada before this conflict, but now continually draws its pound of flesh at their expense and ours.

Do not forget them a world away. Do not let your support of them dwindle.

Most may not support the Afghanistan mission but we must stand behind them as they gear up, strap on their boots and serve their fellow brother and sister-in-arms and ultimately our country.

The little girl in the pink snowsuit will now only know her dad via video, pictures and her mother’s words. Another family will honour their fallen 21-year-old son by finishing the rebuild of the Barracuda he hoped to do with his father. Meanwhile, an elderly veteran in Fredericton is left speechless and visibly pained by vandals who destroy part of a war cenotaph in Fredericton.

The war brings so much pain to so many. We must honour not only those that have fallen but also their families now left to do the soldiering on, in their memory and in their hearts and lives.

Stand proud and honour both the fallen and the survivors, from decades ago and now.

If for one day in your busy lives, remember them all on Remembrance Day.

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2 thoughts on “Remembrance Day, Canada, 2009

  1. Merry Christmas everybody.

    I am a retired Canadian-ex RCAF,and I create slide shows as a hobby.This show is a Christmas Greeting to the Canadian Armed Forces.

    Enjoy and please pass it on to the troops, their families, friends and forums or blogs you may visit.

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