There will be no reminder of what the Americans are doing today, instead we should reflect on what millions of Canadians have done for decades.
This is the Week of Remembrance.
Tomorrow, I will be attending a service at Ecole St Andrew, an invited guest of Club du Souvenir. I am excited to attend because I have to work on the 11th. Plus these children work so closely with our military, bring to life the stories that seem so far away.
Working on Remembrance Day! Not what I want to be doing, but such is our job. When duty calls, one must answer that call.
As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 001, I took an oath that I would be apart of and assist in the Poppy Campaign and the Poppy Fund.
I don’t expect others to understand the commitment that is asked of those that belong to our Canadian Legions nor any other service organization, for that matter. I do think, however, it is important to wade into these waters, if even just once in your life. You will know if you are meant for a life of serving others. Just ask the young men that marched off to battle fields.
Joining the Legion has become a very interesting journey. Meeting the men that fought in World War II, battle tested and in their waning years, yet still look smart in their uniforms. Their bodies and minds withering, yet you still catch those glimpses of what was once and may still be mischievous young men.
Today, our Legion members reside in care facilities and are sometimes void of visitors. They are lovely men and women with stories to be told. Due to privacy laws, it is now almost impossible to acknowledge who they are without going through so much red tape.
Do not forget these people. They may have served in World War II, the Korean War or more current conflicts, they are the men and women of our Canadian Military. They have stories that need to be heard, you owe it to them to be respectful, listen with an open ear and heart.
How is one drawn into serve their country. Would you feel compelled to do the same?