lest we forget

Lest We Forget

Each year in November as we inch towards the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year; it is wonderful to see the outpouring of gratitude and respect that is given in memory of those who have fought and fallen for our country.

Our veterans from world wars and conflicts where our armed forces have been active have given greatly for Canada. Those who have not returned have made the ultimate sacrifice. Those who have returned have also given greatly, and in many situations face difficulties through injury and resultant ability challenges. Some may also be faced with mental health issues resulting from their service.

November 11th is but one day that marks a time for us to pause, pay respect and be thankful for who we are and what we have in Canada - because of them.

Thanks for wearing your poppy. Thanks for making a donation to assist the families of our fallen.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto is home to a major Veterans' hospital. If you help by "raising a flag" you can make a donation in support of our Veterans and the wonderful work that Sunnybrook does.

We have so much to be thankful for. Much of what we have to be thankful for is a result of those who stood for our freedom and democracy and all that we value in Canada as a nation.

Lest We Forget.


The Poppy

The Poppy campaign for 2014 in Canada was launched by the Royal Canadian Legion on October 31st.  They hope that 18 million poppies will be worn this year across Canada.

The Poppy may have a slightly different meaning this year as we think of our two fallen soldiers here on our home soil in the past few weeks.

The Poppy has transcended many years of "remembrance" of those who have given for Canada in times of war. We remember the fallen. We remember those who committed and sacrificed greatly so that we can enjoy the freedom and liberty and democratic society of which we so fortunate to have today.

The Poppy may have different meanings to different generations. Those near to a century old may remember their loved ones, friends, family, neighbours who fought in the war and never returned. We have but a few vets from the World Wars left alive to remind us of those who fought and returned, leaving so many fellow soldiers behind.

The Poppy may mean that a parent, uncle neighbour or local retailer never returned home from war in their generation. And, in fact, they may have been old enough to serve in a reserve but not have served in the war.

The Poppy may have meaning in that a grand parent, or great uncle or aunt served in a war.

The Poppy may have meaning because of the conflicts that have emerged in the past few decades and the ever present service of our military in these emerging conflicts and the losses that our country has witnessed in recent years.

The Poppy nonetheless is a symbol of remembrance. That we may not forget the sacrifice that our military have made for Canada.

Lest we forget those who have served Canada. The Poppy can offer hope that those who have served and fallen might not have done so without their legacy possibly being a path towards more peace and harmony in the world today and into the future.

The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and thanks, perhaps it can also be a symbol of our prayers for peace and harmony in a world with so much conflict.

Wear the poppy with pride and support of the families of our fallen.

#CanadaStrong - #OttawaStrong

This week has been nothing short of tragic and unbelievable as two men who were devoted to serving our country, standing for our freedom, devoted to peace and a better world were taken from us by two desperate misguided individuals.

In the face of these terrible crimes of terrorism on our own home soil we can only remain #CanadaStrong and #OttawaStrong.

Prayers and thoughts of thanks for their service to Canadians are extended to the family, loved ones, friends and neighbours of our slain military service men.

I know that many, me included, feel that our special societal, culture foundations have been somewhat violated and somewhat shaken by these two acts of terror on our home soil.

Let us remain #CanadaStrong #OttawaStrong in continuing to stand for all that Canada is in peace, in harmony, in a place where multi culturalism lives respecting one another as Canadians in a great land coast to coast to coast.

Let us continue to talk about our great country and our great service men and women who continue to take a stand for #CanadaStrong #OttawaStrong in serving their country in continuing to protect the rights and freedoms and all that we have like the generations of service men and women before them did in their earlier footsteps and battlefields.

Yes the world has changed. But the degree to which that change affects us is up to us. As we stand #CanadaStrong #OttawaStrong we can stand aligned, together - like that which was demonstrated by our elected officials today in the House of Parliament and in Provincial Legislatures. Although at times on opposing sides...not "enemies" in a place of democracy. A place where they work towards a common "good".

Thanks be to our first responders, to our service men and women and to those who are challenged with determining how Canada plays on a world stage.

We are on a world stage and we will face worldly challenges and surprise. But as a nation, as a people with history and heritage we can stand together, work together, believe together in a #CanadaStrong #OttawaStrong.

A moment of silence for our fallen. A prayer for those who find themselves in harms way.

#CanadaStrong #OttawaStrong