Doesn't anyone remember what Remembrance Day is for? You want me to go to the KICKIN'EST PARTY OF THE YEAR on the night of the eleventh day of the eleventh month? Not only does your disrespect and ignorance make me sick, it makes me very very very sad.
I have family in the armed forces. Both of my grandfathers fought in the second world war. I will be at a cenotaph, reflecting on what they were and are willing to give so that I may live free -- their lives.
Here's a little info on Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
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
- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, brigade-surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Forces Artillery, World War 1. Poem first published in 1915.
"The day before he wrote his famous poem, one of McCrae's closest friends was killed in the fighting and buried in a makeshift grave with a simple wooden cross. Wild poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves. Unable to help his friend or any of the others who had died, John McCrae gave them a voice through his poem. It was the second last poem he was to write."
Story and poem from Veterans Affairs Canada.
"Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware.
Since its inception, the Commission has constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and plots, erecting headstones over graves and, in instances where the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the dead on permanent memorials. Over one million casualties are now commemorated at military and civil sites in some 150 countries."
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission official website. Emphasis added.
Image from Canadiana.org.
Image from Glenbow.org.
Image from Montreal's Expo 76 archive site.
All above photos are of Vimy Ridge, France, during the First World War.