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.
~Unknown WATCH NOW
It is that time of year again. The time we stop and remember all the past and present soldiers that fought for our freedom. War is such a terrible state but sadly sometimes we have had no choice. And it is at those times that I am so grateful for all the young men and women who stood up and fought on our behalf..... where would we be today without their courage.
All this week and into early next week Remembrance Day ceremonies will take place at local schools, legions, parks and city halls... join me in taking the time to show your respect and gratitude.... Lest We Forget
The Old Comrade
By Dileas Gu Brath
Every year about this time
You'll see him at the mall
A man who's old and slightly bent,
Who once stood straight and tall.
And if you go you'll see him,
For he's there every day.
Dressed in a Legion blazer,
With poppies in a tray
Who is this ancient warrior
Who sacrificed his youth?
So we could live in freedom,
And all could know the truth.
How many times still in his youth
Did this man go through hell?
How many times watched helplessly,
As comrades around him fell
A dollar coin or maybe five,
It's a small price that I pay,
As I take a poppy,
And start to walk away.
Thank you sir the old man says,
With a voice that's strong and true,
And I turn and look in his eyes,
And say, No Sir... I thank you!
Jared Dreyer, AMP
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Things he wants to forget, but can't.
And a tear slides slowly down his cheek...
by Andre Quellette
On November 11th, take time to remember
Who Took My Desk?
Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies high school teacher removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks they asked
'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said. 'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behaviour.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'