This year, 2014, marks the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in Europe in 1914. Since 1914 Canada has been involved in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Afghanistan and now Syria, as well as many peace keeping missions on behalf of the UN. Throughout those conflicts, many Canadians fought for their country, with many of them paying the ultimate sacrifice.
For most of us it is during the early days of November, and on November 11th that we remember them, all that they gave up for us, and for Canada. For a great many still the memories of war remain with them daily and we think of them too.
As we adorn our poppies in memory of all those who have served our country, and those who served a great many others, in defense of freedom, it is important to remember why we wear the poppy. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance. This November and this Remembrance Day, make sure to take a moment to remember and reflect on why we wear the small red flower, and what it represents.
Remember those who gave up their time, their bodies, and their lives in service.
Remember the values they stood for, freedom and peace.
Remember the war’s that were fought, so that they do not happen again.
Remember that their sacrifice was made for us.
As Canadians we are fortunate in living in a free, peaceful country. The freedom and peace that we as Canadians have today we owe to those who sacrificed so much. On Remembrance Day take a moment to stop, reflect and remember those who fought, why they fought. We owe our freedom, our democracy and the peace that we are blessed with to those who fought for us. Let us never forget that.
A bronze “book” with the poem “In Flanders Fields”inscribed on it. From the John McCrae memorial in his home town of Guelph, Ontario.
By Kevin Lopes….