by Ron Neal
on Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 11:54am.
[caption id="attachment_1241" align="alignright" width="170"] Ken Neal, Chief Petty Office 1st Class[/caption]
This year Remembrance Day hits hard at home with the very recent deaths of two Canadian Soldiers last month on our own soil. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. Closer to my own home, we lost my grandfather earlier this year, a long serving veteran of two wars who raised my father after his brother, who was my natural grandfather, died as a POW in the second world war.I’ve had the great fortune to travel much of the world and have developed a great appreciation for our amazing country and the freedoms we enjoy. We must always remember those who served before, and those who serve today, to protect our quality of life and freedom.On Tuesday, November 11th at 11:11 AM, please take two minutes to respect, to remember and to appreciate. Then carry those thoughts through your day, week, month, year and lifetime. We have it really good and we have so much to be thankful for. Be thankful for those thousands of young men and women who gave their lives to preserve and protect ours.I’m proud to be Canadian and am proud to say so anywhere I travel. It’s not a boastful pride. It’s more appreciative and with knowledge of how very fortunate we are to live where we do, where every individual’s freedoms are protected.
Remembering another tradition, here is the “In Flanders Fields” poem that so many of us grew up reciting each Remembrance Day.“In Flanders Fields”by John McCrae, May 1915In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields.
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