Honour and Pride

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. Tomorrow is the day we give thanks to all our veterans who served and those who are serving in our military, especially those who died during wartime, those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Our boys’ school does a nice, little ceremony celebrating and honouring those veterans. The entire school gathers in the gymnasium. Veterans are paraded in carrying the flags and led by a piper. If you’ve never heard the bagpipes ringing off gymnasium walls you are missing out. Students give speeches thanking the veterans. They lay a wreath adorned with poppies. They recite “In Flanders Fields“. The choir sings and the band plays.

What makes me proud is that both of our boys had a part to play in honouring service members. Crash is in the choir. He stood on the risers singing proudly. He sang for the veterans who were there. He sang for the veterans who couldn’t be there. He sang for all those who gathered. Bang assisted in carrying the wreath decorated with poppies, the symbol for all those who passed in service to our country, to the front. An 8th grader walked with him so there was a student from the youngest and a student from oldest grade in school representing the entire school.

As much as they can frustrate us, they also make us proud.

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Lest We Forget

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We shall not forget those who went before us. We shall not forget those who died so we could be here today. We shall not forget those who fought for our freedoms on foreign soil.

Today we will join many others at the Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day ceremony. We will honor those who fought, we will remember those who died. Fathers. Mothers. Brothers. Sisters. Aunts. Uncles. Cousins. Friends. They faced dangers most of us will never understand. They faced those dangers so we wouldn’t have to. They faced those dangers to protect what we all believe in. That one day, wars will not be necessary. We shall carry them upon our shoulders proclaiming their bravery. Proclaiming their sacrifice. We shall carry them in our hearts proclaiming their courage. Proclaiming their memory.