Go! Smell Remembrance Day

Posted on November 10th, 2008 by taylorblue

November 11th (besides being the day before my son’s birthday) is Remembrance Day in Canada. I remember growing up as a kid I would really think about this day. Both of my grandfather’s would tell me their stories of the war…and even though they were so different I couldn’t help but hear the stories over and over. We used to have to go to school that day and it wasn’t a holiday like it is now. We would have an assembly where they would play a trumpet and we would say the poem In Flander’s Fields (by Lt.-Col. John McCrae). It’s funny how after all these years I can still say it off by heart.

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.

Tomorrow, Remembrance Day will take on a whole new meaning for me. My brother left for Afghanistan in September. I think about him every moment of the day wondering if he’ll be alright. I don’t like listening to the news because I don’t want to hear how another Canadian soldier has been killed and hold my breath until I find out it’s not my brother.

I thank all the people who fight in the war to protect me. I thank the families that wait for their loved ones to come home. I thank God that my country is free.

What do you think you should remember more often but don’t???

6 Responses to “Go! Smell Remembrance Day”

  1. Leslie says:

    Prayers for you and your family as you cope with your brother being in Afghanistan. I pray for his homecoming and that he is safe and sound each day while he’s there! Freedom is a wonderful thing and I thank your brother for making this possible for all of us in the USA and in Canada.

    Your thoughts are lovely and the poem too! I love your blog title as I am a great lover of flowers! Come visit me sometime


    Thanks for sharing!


  2. earthmother says:

    November 11 is called Veteran’s Day in the U.S.

    When I saw the red poppy, I immediately thought of my Dad. On this day, veterans here give out small paper poppies, in exchange for a monetary donation. I can remember Dad always had a garden of those paper poppies hanging from the sun visor in his car.

    Dad was a naval Seaman First Class in WWII. He was one of the lucky survivors of the bombing of the USS Franklin on March 19, 1945 off the coast of Japan.

    Many of the crew were blown overboard, driven off by fire, killed or wounded, but the 106 officers and 604 enlisted who voluntarily remained saved their ship through sheer valor and tenacity. The casualties totaled 724 killed and 265 wounded, and would have far exceeded this number except for the heroic work of many survivors.

    So on this day, I will remember not only Dad, but all of our brave veterans who offer their selfless service on our behalf.

    Prayers for your brother’s safe return.

  3. Jim says:

    Thoughts with your Brother TB and as the poppy is big in Afghan is rather ironic the symbolism of your post…

    Wearing my poppy with pride,

    Lest we forget.

  4. Taylor Blue says:

    I have been watching some of the ceremony in Kandahar and looking for my brother. It’s great that we can remember those who have lots their lives for us.

  5. A/C says:

    Well Rememberance Day is done for another year…. The returning servicemen have heard the Last Post, wreaths have been laid, and many sorrows drowned at the pub.

    This year we added names to our Rememberance Wall which contains all the names of those who have dies overseas fighting in conflicts, and all honoured….

    We must remember where we came from, how we got to where we are, and we must remember who we really are….
    but sadly many choose to forget, once they get to where they are aiming…

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