Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 2015

Cashbox Canada Remembrance 2015.png

Submitted by Sandy Graham

As the years pass the participants in the Remembrance Day ceremonies grow smaller and smaller.  For years now I have stood at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month for the silence that we try to respectfully give to those who sacrificed so much for us. And for years now, I have noticed as we bow our heads at the local memorial, the streetcars still go by and the cars still honk, as if they have forgotten this small gesture we do every year.

My father fought in WW 2, my grandfather in both World Wars; he lied for the first because he was too young, and lied for the second because he was too old. Commerative Pin Canada’s Aboriginal VeteransCommerative Pin Canada’s Aboriginal VeteransMy son is in the reserves, and we take great pride in being Canadian. I grew up in an era where the whole school went to the auditorium for the service on November 11th.  What of the words to the poem written by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)?  ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.’

This year The Royal Canadian Legion has chosen this year to recognize Canada’s Aboriginal Veterans and the significant contribution they have made through our long history and that they continue to make today. This commemorative pin acknowledges the efforts and sacrifices of Veterans from all of our Aboriginal Communities. So maybe we are still trying to remember them in our own ways.

Because of the freedom that has been given to us by so many, we have the choice to acknowledge or ignore Remembrance Day. It is now more important than ever that this next generation knows the sacrifices that were given on distant shores. 

On November 11 2015 please stop at the 11th hour and respect the 2 minute silence. It is virtually nothing out your busy day to do this so make the effort. Lest We Forget.