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A week to remember. Nov. 5th -11th.

"Each year from November 5th.-11th. Canadians pause during Veterans' Week to reflect on the brave Canadians who have served in the cause of peace and freedom."

Get the rest of the story, with links, here http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub...d=675&vote=rec

"We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument."

~Heather Robertson, A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War, Toronto, Lorimer, 1977

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Lest we forget, my regards and respects for all the fallen Canadians from one commonwealth country to another.
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With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is a music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncountered:
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end they remain.

Laurence Binyon 1914.

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Let us not forget America's hero's either.

The price of freedom is great and paid for with the blood of our finest citizens...be they US, Canadian or any of countless others.

With my respects,
Bob

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I wouldn't dream of forgetting them B.B. or the many from all countries around the world. Please forgive me if I didn't express myself clearly or fully, as I absolutely meant no disrepect to any people or nation whatsoever.

It is the time of the in Canada we Remember Our Fallen. Myself I do try to take into account the Globalness of it all. This means all sides and all peoples.
Inclusive.

I don't live with my son, but a few minutes ago he e-mailed me a speech he's been working on for Rememberance Day at his school. There are many grammatical errors and a few spelling mistakes(he's my son,eh!), but I hope his message will get across. His Great Grandad was a POW during W.W.2. He is a very active 96 year old. We are blessed by his (long) life.

Here's the speech: A short speech written by: Gavin

Remembrance day

Less we forget, the men and women that fought of us.
Less we forget, the love ones, who die in battle.
Less we forget, the families whom had their love ones taken from them.
Less we forget, the solders that went into battle because they had to,
but not just fighting for their flag and country but for their comrades, their new found friends.
Less we forget, not just are solders who fought on are side but all the
fallen solders who gave their life for their country.
Less we forget, the people whom let us live today in the life we do.
Less we forget, that on remembrance day, we have a time of silent
of the brave men and women who fought for are freedom .
Less we forget, the men and women that came home to their families.
Less we forget, the men and women, who’s lives have been changed for ever.
Less we forget, the war veterans of all the wars passed.
Less we forget, that there is people fighting for us as I speak to you right now.
Less we forget, that remembrance day is all of this, plus more, it would take
days to tell you what has happened in years past.
Less we forget, the victory’s, and the losses.
Less we forget, the lessons those brave men and women had to learn the hard way.

Now who here by the show of hands, know some one that’s in the war, or is a veteran, or was killed in action.
Now I tell you this if you don’t care about the past you will keep living in the past.
If you don’t want to show your respect. One time a year to just think of the men and women
that lived through the years of war, loseing their friends.
Now if you did not lesson to me that’s fine but, I tell you this,
I fell real sorry for you if you lose a loved one in a crash or in the war.
Less we forget, less we forget.
Thank you.

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Thank you for sharing GR. I took no offense a was not trying to be inflammatory. Patriotism is a wonderful thing regardless of nationality.

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Thank You and will always remember the fallen heroes

They gave their lives for us.


May God bless their souls and peace be upon them.
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In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
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.

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This is a video on youtube, It is Faith based. Amazing Grace, done with Bagpipes. Don't click play if you feel you might be offended....

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I had the opportunity to work next to some of Canada's finest in Germany during training excercises. They are top notch, and it was an honor to see how well they conduct themselves.
I woke up one cold morning to the smell of Canadian bacon and eggs on the grill. All we had was C rations, and they were kind enough to fix breakfast for us. First Class all the way!
Thanks and prayers go out to them and their families, to keep them safe always.

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I was at the Canadian National Exhibition in T.O. back in '73, waiting in the bus line about 10 or 11PM, when I thought I could hear some pipers playing "Amazing Grace", or else I was hallucinating....
I took a short walk and there was a military pipe band with their tunics off (VERY hot evening), waiting for transport, and idly doing a SUPERB job playing that tune. Very moving!

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