Friday Two Cents: Remembrance


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Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. A day when we remember the sacrifice that many men and women have paid for the rest of us to live free. This day, above all other days holds great significance to me that words cannot express my true feelings. The only words that come to mind are the ones written by a Canadian poet and physician who served in World War I. I know how weak and fruitless any words I can express for my eternal gratitude to these people except to quote the poem In Flanders Fields by Major John McCrea.

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.

In Flanders Fields by Major John McCrea

(A Canadian poet and physician who served in World War I)

I remember when I when to Ottawa those so many times and prayed at the War Memorial to say thank you. The torch is ours to bear, and I bear it with a sense of pride and humility. So much so that I have drawn many images using charcoal on paper to relive those moments in history. I then created a video collection to honour those brave individuals using the drawings I drew and the images that inspired them. This short video is meant as a tribute to them and to all Canadians who stand up for the cause of freedom.

For Lest We Forget. 

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