Sunday, November 11, 2007

Remembrance Day 2007: Lest We Forget




They shall not grow old as we
That are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor
The years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning,
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon
from "For the Fallen"

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace. (source)

We attended the Remembrance Day service in downtown Cambridge (Galt) Ontario this morning. I put some of my pictures together into a video collage in honour of those who fought to keep our great country of Canada free.

A platoon of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada is stationed in Cambridge ON. They attended the service in their ceremonial dress with kilts and bagpipes. It was a very moving to hear the bands, sing the hymns and anthems, listen to poems and stories and watch the laying of many wreaths in honour of fallen soldiers. Everyone, from babes in arms and frail old veterans in wheelchairs was silent for two minutes at eleven o'clock in remembrance.

O Canada we stand on guard for thee!


(I posted this video on YouTube and the pictures are larger and easier to see.)

5 comments:

  1. A lovely tribute to those men and women who, in fighting for what they believed, have preserved a way of life for those of us who cherish freedom.

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  2. Amen for Canada. Thank you for sharing your tribute.

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  3. Ruth,

    You aren't far from me if you attended services in Galt.

    I paid tribute to the veterans in my family on Saturday and today. Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute.

    Be sure to drop over to my blog and participate in the Christmas book giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  4. Very good. We have many soldiers here on R&R including Canadians. A colleague of mine told me yesterday that this Remembrance Day was more special since his son just ended his tour of duty in Afghanistan, But several friends were lost.
    A salute to them all.

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  5. KGMom- I am thankful to never have experienced wars like the great wars. I wonder how long that will last?

    Mary- I hope your servicemen all get home soon too.

    Mary from ON- I like Galt and its historical buildings and it is only 20 minutes from me. And you are not far beyond I know.

    SLB- I guess Dubai would be a good R&R location, but you are still very close to potential conflicts.(like Iran) Meeting people who have experienced war first hand would be good for all of us.

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