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Lest We Forget. How Will You Remember?

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The events of the past few weeks involving Canada’s fallen soldiers, and ongoing conflicts around the world, have given me more of a pause for thought this coming Remembrance Day.  While I always pay respect to fallen soldiers, our veterans, and to active military personnel, this Remembrance Day just feels a little more special to me. Judging from the sales of Remembrance Day poppies, I think it feels a little more special to many Canadians.

Like so many others, I had family members who fought in World War II.  Sadly, I have also known a number of veterans of the war in Afghanistan – some who came home completely messed up by what they saw/experienced in the desert – and one who came home in a casket.

My first-born nephew is currently serving in the US Army, and while he isn’t presently on the front lines of any world conflict (thank goodness), there is always the chance that, one day, he could be called upon to defend the United States and – I won’t lie – that scares me.

What about you? What family stories do you have from wars past? Do you have family members who are military veterans, or that are active duty military personnel? How will you be commemorating this Remembrance Day with them?

This Remembrance Day 2014, be sure to take a moment to remember the many brave men and women who gave their lives to give us freedom here in Canada, and to remember those who continue to risk their lives today to keep us safe.  Honour our soldiers with a moment of silence, take part in a local commemorative service, slip a few dollars into their donation bins and then proudly wear the poppy you get in return.  There are so many ways we can honour our veterans and current military personnel.

A number of towns and cities across Canada will be holding special ceremonies on Remembrance Day. If you can’t attend one of these ceremonies, here are a few things you can do in honour of our veterans:

Postcards For Peace

The Memory Project

Veterans Matter – Mobile App

This November 11th, when you see a veteran, reach out, shake their hand, give them a hug, and thank them for what they have done, and what they continue to do – for all of us.

For Canada.


  1. November 11, 2014


    There are several generations in my family that were in the navy.

    • November 12, 2014


      Wow, that’s a true Navy family, Stephanie! My siblings were in the Naval Reserve when they were in their late teens. Thank you to all your family who served! Appreciate you sharing your story 🙂

  2. November 10, 2014


    My grandpa (dad’s side) went overseas during World War II and was an engineer. He built bridges and then they blew them up I guess when they were done with them. At least that is the story I heard. He didn’t like to talk about it much.

    My cousin married a soldier and he has gone over to Afghanistan a few times. I could not imagine being her and her daughter.

    I am thankful everyday to have these brave men and women who sacrifice their lives for us to live better ones.

    • November 12, 2014


      Wow Brandy. I have heard that sort of thing many times – veterans not wanting to talk about their experiences. I can understand but it must be hard to keep everything bottled up like that. Wow, I would find that so hard if I was your cousin also. Thank you to those in your family who have served/are serving 🙂 Appreciate you sharing your story, Brandy!

  3. November 10, 2014

    Alyssa K.Hart

    While I do not have anyone close to me in the Military, as a Canadian citizen it is a duty to take off our hats, lower our heads to pray for the fallen and those who survive them. Without them, our country would not be the true north strong and free. Thank you for sharing.

    • November 12, 2014


      My pleasure, Alyssa, and thank you for stopping by to comment. Very well said and I couldn’t agree more.

  4. November 10, 2014


    I don’t have anyone close or personally related to me that I know of that served but it doesn’t make any difference to me. I respect all who do as I know that they do so for our freedoms. My children also know this and respect it as well. I think I may have my kids send a letter as I am sure there are some veterans out there who would appreciate it and since not many letters switch hands any more it will be nice to teach them that as well 🙂

    • November 12, 2014


      I think that is such a good idea to do that with your kids, Jessica. We need to make sure that the next generation always remembers the sacrifices of all veterans. Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting!

  5. November 10, 2014


    Thanks for this post- it’s easy to get busy and not think enough about why we have remembrance day.

    • November 10, 2014


      It sure is easy to forget amidst our bury lives, Heather. You’re welcome – we should all spend a moment remembering our veterans tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. November 10, 2014

    ashley p

    Both of my grandfathers served (one was a fighter pilot that went overseas and the other was a flight instructor on this end), They have both died, but my hubby’s grandfather is also a vet and I call him every year on Nov. 11

    • November 10, 2014


      Wow – both grandfather’s were in the Air Force, Ashley? I can’t even imagine being a fighter pilot. What a role that must have been for him. Were you ever able to talk to either of them about their experiences? I love how you call hubby’s grandfather every year 🙂 That’s a great thing to do on Remembrance Day! Thanks for stopping by to share your story 🙂

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