Remember Always

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"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."

Good morning. This morning I would like to make a toast to Remembrance Day, and all the soldiers who fought for our countries freedom.

On December 8, 1915 a poem was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives, was published entitled, In Flanders' Fields, by John McCrae. This poem is one of the most unforgettable war poems in history.

"They fell but o'er their glorious grave,

flats free the banner of the cause they died to save."

--Francis Marion Crawford

Every year on November 11th, we honor the men and women who served, and continue to serve for our country in the first World War, second World War, and the Korean War. Over 1.5 million Canadians have fought in battle for this country, and more than 100,000 have died giving their lives so that we may live in peace.

Why Remember? We must remember! The lives of over 100,000 men and women would be meaningless if we did not remember. They died for their families, homes, friends, tradition, a future, us... Canada. For many of us war is an apperant awareness seen through a television screen, heard through a radio, or read in papers.

These wars have moved and motivated...