Remembrance Day in Canada 2014
Remembrance Day in Canada will be a solemn event as the country as had a rude awakening over the last month.
We are Canadians, however, we are not protected from the evils of certain individuals. We have always had the thought that what happens in other places couldn’t possibly happen to use. Well, it did!
Last month, 2 of our Service Men gave their lives because of radicalism. Not on our soil you say? These 2 individual events will forever change our Canadian lives as we knew it.
I know I always felt safe in this country but now, only time will tell. Patrice Vincent, a warrant officer, was run down in Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. Patrice Vincent was run down by a car and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down in broad daylight. Both of these soldiers were killed by by young men who have been radicalized.
Both of these men gave their lives for our country and like many more before them. We need to remember that we have our freedoms and way of life because of women and men who were called to serve their country.
My Father served in the Royal Canadian Navy and as a young child, I remember going to the cenotaph to take part in the Remembrance Day event. We lived in Prince Rupert and I remember the rain, the cold, the hymns, the Last Post and above all the solemness of the day. I learned at a very young age to respect those that have laid down their lives.
As my children grew up, they also learned what Remembrance Day was about and now today, they continue to share that with their children.
It is important that we continue to respect those in the military as they do a very important job for us…protecting our rights and freedoms!
I leave you with the poem,”In Flanders Field”. This poem was written in 1915 during World Ware I by John McRae.
For more poems written for Remembrance Day, you can visit this LINK.