Lest We Forget

By : Sue Ellen Umali

The 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour marks Remembrance Day for Canada, originally call Armistice Day where we take the time to recall the war and the military sacrifice of so many. On this day we honour the fallen but also remember to embrace the peace that resulted from our loss.

In remembrance of this day, we wear our poppies and take two minutes of silence to honour those who have sacrificed their lives for ours.

In Flander’s Fields – by John McCrae written on May 3, 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow, b
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.

Lest We Forget!