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Nov 06

A minute of silence in remembrance...

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM by Jennifer Doucette

poppy hand.jpg“Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people are great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for a beautiful country will never die.”   Pierre Trudeau

This year, especially after the recent events at Parliament Hill, we are viewing our safety and our freedoms in quite a different way.  Canada is known to be a peaceful country with a beautiful landscape that stretches from one coast to coast and we are so fortunate to live in this beautiful nation and call it home.  I know that we do take many of our freedoms for granted, human nature I think or at least that is what I want to blame it on. 

Every year on November 11th, the majority of Canadians pause in a moment of silence in remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.  Unfortunately, some of us see this day of remembrance as just a holiday away from work or school.   Together let us make a point, no matter where we are, to honour and praise those who represent our freedoms.  In our past, in our present and in our future, there are and will be men and women on the front lines, working tirelessly to grant us our precious freedoms of safety, life, choice and protection.    It is because of these dedicated individuals that we have our beautiful serene communities, provinces and our safe nation, Canada.

Maya Angelou asked the question first 'How important is it for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes?"

The answer is because these men and women leave the warmth of their owngave all.jpg homes and the love of their families to venture out to where most of us would not willingly go.   They sacrifice these comforts in order to keep our communities here and afar a place where we can live in peace, choose without fear, work in harmony and play as you should without a care in the world. That is why we need to be thankful, recognize and celebrate these dedicated men and women.

Who are these heroes and she- roes?  Every community has many who quietly serve without notice and fanfare.  Look around you and take the time to personally thank these individuals for all their efforts from yesterday, for today and tomorrow.  But, please don't stop there, also extend your gratitude and remember the families because without their support, love and encouragement it would be impossible for these men and women to do the work they do.

To the families and friends who have lost someone dear during their service I would like to say Thank You.  You gave us your loved one and we sent them out to serve and serve they did.  They served with pride, they served with honour and they served with trust.   A trust that their service would not be in vain.  Some of you gave a spouse, some a child, some a sibling or a friend.  Some of your loved ones came back, some did not and others came back so broken in spirit, body and mind that it was difficult to put the pieces back together again.  Thank you for your sacrifice as you gave them up as freely as they protected us.

Over the last few years our own Warman High School students and now joining whs 11th.jpgthem, our Warman Middle Years School students have come together on their last day of class before Remembrance Day to host their own Remembrance Service completely complied by the students.  Today I had the opportunity to attend the service and it began with our Anthem, O Canada then proceeding to visual presentations, song, poems and reflection.  Our high school students did a wonderful job paying their respects to our fallen and serving Veterans, Service Personnel and Cadets. The musical numbers were beautiful tributes and every contribution from these students was tremendous.  They ended with the Last Post and a moment of silence that truly gives this special service the respect and importance these heroes and she- roes deserve. I left the service feeling so proud of our students and how fittingly they told this very important part of our past.  Thank you Warman High School students for a Remembrance Day service that I will keep close to my heart. 

This year no matter where you are, I urge you to pause and REMEMBER those who have served in the past and those who currently serve.  If you are fortunate enough to be in the presence of these heroes or their families, shake their hand or give them a hug, as you will never really understand how much was sacrificed for you and your freedoms.

My favourite quote comes from John Diefenbaker, forgive me if I use it all the time but it sums up all my thoughts:

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”

Let's honour all those who have served and keep them close to our heart today, November 11th and all year long. 


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