Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest We Forget...

Remembrance Day in Afghanistan, November 11, 2006. (CanWest News Service)

This is one of those days when we all just need to take a moment to be thankful to the men and women that serve and have served our country no matter how you may feel about the wars they're fighting in. I have 2 grandfathers that fought and though I was too young to hear the stories from them personally (we lost both of them to cancer when I was young), I have heard them through other family members and I'm very proud of them. I'll also be thinking of my amazing dad today who I'm proud to say was a Canadian peacekeeper in his younger days. I love all of you...

I was also going back and rereading a post from last year and had a flood of Remembrance Day emotions come back to me.

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.

I'm not one who can say she supports war, but I can fully appreciate the sacrifice of the men and women and their families that have fought and are fighting and I'll be thinking of all of you today...



GinniG said...

What a beautiful poem Colleen! I too have family members who served in the past. Thank God for each and every one of our veterans!!

Darlene said...

I actually remember you posting this last year... very profound words.

Staci said...

Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! That is a beautiful poem - thanks so much for sharing!

Stacia Howard said...

Hey! I think you have given me an idea of makin a small thankful scrapbook. I will take all of my enteries & turn them into pages for a book to look back on. So thanks! =)