Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Today Is Remembrance Day in Canada

World War I


World War II



They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

--From "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon



Contemplating the hardships they endured
and the sacrifices they made in their own times
for the collective good of our nation --

may it put into perspective for us now

the much shorter and easier inconveniences
we must currently undergo for 
our nation's collective health during this pandemic.

41 comments:

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

People who serve in the military are heroes.
I didn't know Canada celebrated this day so into the Fall.

XOXO

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Well done, Debra. -Jenn

Mistress Maddie said...

Here! Here! A beautiful homage Debs!!!!

Martha said...

Amen!

Marie Smith said...

We will remember them!

Martha said...

Wonderful post, Debra! We must never forget. And we should stop whining about the small sacrifices we need to make.

Cynthia said...

We must never forget.

Frank said...

"Remembrance Day" has a nice ring to it and seems, to my ears, less "political" as everything in the US now has a political tinge to it. Anyhow, it is right to remember those who gave so much for our freedoms.

Bob said...

A big Thank You to the men and women around the world who protect us, keep us free and safe.

anne marie in philly said...

the mask at the end says it all.

Magaly Guerrero said...

"Lest we forget"...

jaz@octoberfarm said...

most excellent!

Leanna said...

"Lest we forget"
And there is a fascist regime growing in the White House and in America. We are trying to put it down without a civil war. This is going to be a hard 7 weeks before Biden takes over.

bobbie said...

So very well said! Loved the mask!

DVArtist said...

This is a beautiful post.

Susan said...

Very poignant, Debra. We owe our many freedoms to so many who sacrificed their lives. Wonderful photos.

Tasker Dunham said...

Well said.

Tundra Bunny said...

Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them. Lest we forget.

JM said...

Wonderful remembrance!!!

These are our true heroes! The role models we should look up too and continually honor.

Parnassus said...

The soldiers we are remembering paid a terrible price twice--once with their fighting, and many ultimately with their lives. The only good point was that the allied causes worked together to win major victories, in contrast to today's divisive atmosphere. --Jim

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

This is touching and meaningful. Thank you.

e said...

A beautiful remembrance, Debra. Thank you for including women and men of color. (Were those two bonny lasses 'together'?)

The reminder that our 'inconveniences' are negligible is spot on. Love the mask.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ e -- I don't know if the two nurses were an "item" or not, but I must confess that thought crossed my mind too. Lots of lesbians, being feisty and independent women keen on active lives, served in the military (or if they weren't allowed to enlist, then serving as nurses and ambulance drivers) -- then and now, of course. I've met many military lesbos in my day.

pam nash said...

A beautiful tribute.

Bill Lisleman said...

good idea for a mask

JACKIESUE said...

loved this..and the most important thing?
they are not losers...or suckers..fucking trump

Joanne Noragon said...

Thank you Deb, for putting this all together. Fewer and fewer are left. They soldiered on, and so must we.

Bea said...

I do like the red poppy is a symbol of remembrance. I have often wondered why we never adopted it here.

brewella deville said...

11:11 on 11/11. Our so called leader left everyone hanging in the rain and was late to the ceremony. I guess there was no one in the White House who recognized the symbolism. Fuckers.

Kirk said...

My views about all this are complex. I can get very sentimental and idealistic about World War II, which I really think was fought for freedom and ended 16 years before I was born. Unfortunately, the wars in my lifetime have been Vietnam and the Gulf War, neither one which to me seemed all that necessary. But I don't think Canada was involved with either one of those conflicts, was it?

Linda said...

A beautiful tribute Debra. Let us hope that people do keep remembering and never let this happen again. Stay safe and careful, a big hug.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Kirk -- No, Canada did not get involved in either Vietnam or the Gulf War. We were in Afghanistan, however.

Guillaume said...

Here there's poppies everywhere. It's very observed.

This N That said...

I guess that's a kin to our Veterans day...What ever we call it, they deserve our undying gratitude!!!

Suz said...

What a lovely tribute to the true heroes of the world; God bless them all.

^.^ said...

As being Roma my family went through hardship ... I only heard fragments of that hardship ... not so much in words ... but at times in song ... some songs I only heard once and I still remember and sing them to myself. I am glad my truly Canadian kidlets have no idea about the horror my people went through. Sending love, cat.

Rommy said...

I can only imagine the rolling of eyes and the sharpness of words that would come from these heroes if they saw how stupidly some are behaving about having to wear a mask.

The Blog Fodder said...

Lovely post. Late reading it but that is OK. We need to remember them much more often than we do.

Ur-spo said...

I remember thanks to Private Elderkin of NS.

baili said...

i am bit young to speak about world wars though what i have learnt from books ,news papers ,magazines and movies has frightened me for life time ,i don't want to engage in terribly painful topic as i am far emotional to deal with it
i am glad we are in era when war are being fight through internet and computers instead of sword or spear ,it will hit target more specifically and get desired result without bleeding people
i loved the phrase yes who could not grow old will live for eternity unlike us who could

Fundy Blue said...

What a wonderful post, Debra. The faces are so haunting. The hand on the soldier's shoulder is beyond words. That mask says it all!