And I'm proud to be a Canadian, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men/and women who died, and gave that right to me.
While creating this email, I spent many an hour viewing different Remembrance Day tributes to the soldiers and families that sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much for our freedom. Of course as we do, I related it back to my personal situation and could not imagine the pain of sending my two young sons off to war at 16 and 17 years of age. However, that is what 22 million families did in the Second World War. Sacrifice was made by so many. And sacrifice is still being made today by so many.
My very own nanny spent 6 years of her life going to bed in an underground bunker. Every night from the age of 6-12 with hundreds of other families, she drifted off to sleep with the sound of bombs dropping overhead. It is so hard to imagine.
I too was shocked to discover that over 56 million lives (civilian and military) were lost during the Second World War. I think, what would we have done if people didn’t go out and fight? Where would be today? I read a letter from a soldier to his father and it said, “Please don’t forget me”…. He died the next day.
Lest We Forget
In Honor of Canadian Soldiers VIDEO
In Flanders Fields
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.
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Jared Dreyer, AMP
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Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.
Why the poppy?
The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.
During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.
The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.
The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921.