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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We Remember

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

John McCrae

I heard last night on the news that 1 in 5 Canadians will observe Remembrance Day.

Here on Remembrance Day government, banks, and the post office are closed. Schools are open though. I can remember as a kid having Remembrance Day as a day off school. I actually think that it is better that they go to school, since the Legion does a Remembrance Day service for the kids.

I think that Remembrance Day has changed. We still remember the World Wars, but now it is also about all the people that are losing their lives right now while serving in the 'the war on terror'. I sat last night watching the story of a young man who died earlier this year while at war. When he died he had the little booties of his baby daughter in his pocket.

His wife is also in the military. She is a military photographer, she takes the photos of the soldiers before going on deployment, the ones that are released to the media when someone looses their life. They are called their death portraits, but the name should be changed to their hero portrait.
...something that I never thought of before.....I see those faces on the news, but those pictures are actually posed, and are released when they die.

Today we remember, as we should every day.


Mighty M said...

We are remembering today as well! Nice post!!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

It's nice to celebrate it and remember.

Jillene said...

GREAT post Pam!! We too, are remembering and thanking today.

Kristina P. said...

I am remembering.

Randi Troxell said...

what a day to ponder for some.. but all day today all i can think of is thanking God for the safe return of my husband from Iraq

Stephanie Stearns Dulli said...

Beautiful post.

kerrycharacters said...

I grew up in a war torn country and agree with you entirely. It is important to remember but it is even more important to learn from our mistakes. My blog is in part about remembering people who would otherwise disappear through the cracks. You have a lovely blog and I will be following you.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great entry! I am remembering all week at JDaniel4's Mom. This piece is great!

Janet said...

Lovely post Pam! It IS a day we should remember everyday. I watch Sky News last night and wept for the families of those young men lost in the Iraq war. My heart bleeds for the families of all those lost in any wars and I count my blessings for having a safe home. With much love xx

blueviolet said...

One of my kids had school and one didn't. Interesting how that works.

God bless our troops!