Today, Canada Remembers. The World Remembers.
Whatever your philosophical or moral beliefs, the historical fact is that many Canadian men and women sacrificed their lives for victory in the First World War. Today, we celebrate the armistice that marked the end of the bloodiest and biggest war in history at the time, but we also mourn. We mourn for the faceless soldiers that gave everything so we could live freely today. Today is about more than a symbol or a poem, or an evidence-based history; it is about sentiment. The sentiment to gratefully remember the brave individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice, the sentiment to respect and honour all of the fallen, this is what today is truly about. We do not need to limit this sort of gratitude to one day a year, either. Still, there are injured, disabled, or ill veterans that do not have access to the basics. There are families of veterans that continue to go without. Whatever it is that you do today to honour these courageous souls, take a minute to reflect on all that there is to be grateful for, and the miraculous beauty of this world.
“In Flanders Fields
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
Rest in Peace, now and forever.