November 11, 2011 at 10:14 am (Random)

It’s 11-11-11. That’s cool and all, but the fact that today is Remembrance Day is far more important.

This is the first in many years that Canadians are not involved in active combat on November 11. A thousand troops are still in Afghanistan, however, training the next generation of security forces to care for their country. I have an American friend who is heading over there in January, proving that while the mission is winding to an end, it’s still far from over. (Happy Veterans Day, Joe!)

I am so proud to be Canadian on this day, almost more so than on July 1. Not because of the horror stories and family members who weep for their lost loved ones. But because we have fought for a better world, even when the cause was not our own. We have answered the cry for help, we have reached out to the less fortunate, we have stood up against evil.

And we here at home have reaped the benefits of those actions.

So we must be thankful. And we must remember.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
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 condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

from For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon


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