Today is a federal holiday in all three of our countries: Remembrance Day in Canada & India, and Veterans Day in the USA. Initially begun to commemorate the end of World War I, this day is a solemn day to remember those who have fought for freedom and a safe homeland.
In our family, this is a bit complicated. Between our 4 grandfathers, they fought on both sides of WWII as well as in the Pacific and European theatres. But that is another post for another day. At the risk of sounding morally ambiguous, each of our Grandfathers (regardless of the side they fought for), was motivated by a desire to protect and serve their family and country. I have many varied, underdeveloped and confusing thoughts about war. But I am certain about one thing: I am so thankful for the men and women who have given and continue to give their days, and sometimes their lives, to protecting and serving their country.
In particular, today I remember and thank my brother, brother-in-law and father-in-law, all of whom have served or are actively serving. In addition, we are so thankful to our Grandparents who not only fought to protect their families, but our future as well.
Thank you for your integrity, commitment and bravery.
|In Flanders Fieldsby John McCrae|
In Flanders field the poppies grow 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.