Respect. Remember.

Respect Your Elders

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day up here in Canuckle-land. I suppose that our neighbours to the South would be celebrating Veteran’s Day. Either way, this message is universal…

Please observe your two minutes of silence at the appropriate time.


Nothing is more disrespectful than carrying on what you are doing while the dead are being honoured for giving us a better world.

I don’t agree with war, even though I believe it is part of human nature to lean towards conflict.

However, the brave men and women of the past deserve our respect for winning our freedom from the forces of evil.

I am not normally preachy on here (at least, I try not to be preachy in a negative way), but this particular issue is very important to me. No, I don’t have any relatives that I know of that fought in the war. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t hold those soldiers in high regard.

Lest We Forget

This is one of my favourite poems. It is touching.

It is one of the most famous pieces of writing that came out of the World Wars. You can read the story about the poem here.

Please take a moment to read and reflect…

In Flanders Fields
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.

(Poem by John McRae – May 03, 1915)

Rest in peace, heroes.

16 Responses

  1. Excellent post, Jorge. I heartily agree. My Grandfather was in WW2. I’ve always loved that poem by John McRae. There is a wonderful tribute in Soldier’s Tower at University of Toronto. John McRae was a student of U of T. Soldier’s Tower is usually only open to the public at this time of year. Check it out if you get a chance. Very moving.

  2. On an unrelated note, and much less sombre one, Kris’ birthday is today. Go wish her well. Just click the link that I signed off with here.

  3. awesome entry …i work for DND the life there …is all about that ….nice .. ps – hope your not still trying to do the 6’s with your foot ….and even more so that it didn’t explode! ..

  4. I’m with you—posted about the same topic, but from another angle. And not as eloquently.

  5. Hi Ian, that poem is etched in my mind. Rememberance day is important, It is amazing what the previous generations sacrificed so that we can live like this. My grandfather died on the beaches of Normandy as a result I never met him. At a young age I joned the army cadets back home in Ontario and also the band where I leaned how to play the bagpipes. On November 11th there was no greater honour than to play Scotland the Brave While we marched with the vetrans to the memorial service. and then to play Amazing Grace while the silence was observed. One year I was in colour party and had the honour of carrying the Canadian flag between 2 vetrans with theirs, all i can remember is their tears as they proudly marched down the road to honour thoes who did not make it. They are now a dyeing generation, I can only hope that the younger folks will learn and pay tribute to the great people who came before them. Thanks Ian Kelly

  6. oH woah, wait a min Jorge LOL sorry about that I just got done visiting Ians space, and I was so moved that you felt so strongly about rememberance day I forgot where I was…or maybe it was the wine? Oh well open mouth insert foot Hugs Kelly

  7. why do I get the feeling I am never going to live this one down? oh wait… maybe you are Ian….hmmmmm 2 blogs one man….multiple blog personality…. nah, forget it I will never bow gracefully outa this one LOl, I am a total space cadet today sorry dude… Kelly

  8. Hi! I have just popped in from ‘A Space Of Spaces’ to check for broken links. And to let you know I have started a new album in ‘Albums Of Images’ called ‘Space People’. If you would like your photo included leave me a message here >>> .。.:⊹⊱✿*Rose

  9. Very well said, Jorge. Have a great weekend!

  10. One of the advantages of living in Ottawa is the panache with which they celebrate Canada Day on the hill. However, it is on Remembrance Day that I have never been prouder – they really treat the day with respect. If you’ve never been, the tomb of the unknown soldier is a sobering place to visit. Also, there is a memorial chamber built beside the peace tower that is made out of stones that were brought over from the battlefields. It’s a beautiful and haunting place to pay your respects.

  11. Would you, by any chance, be Brazilian? If so, when did you move to Canada? Do you like it there? (and feel free to write back in Portuguese) 😉

  12. Remembrance Day was well attended here and I was happy to see so many people come out on a blustery day. And Veterans have great taste in bars, I went to the Old Triangle after and had a Beer and a Dublin Pastie with many brave veterans and their families. The beer warmed me up, but the company made it truly special. Have a nice weekend Jorge ~ian

  13. Hey Jorge, just poppin in to see what yer up to! hope you have a great weekend Kelly

  14. A wonderful tribute Jorge… In Flanders Fields is one of my favorites. I hope we never forget! They gave of themselves for us.. and all that we enjoy and cherish daily. They deserve nothing less than than our thoughts, honor and respect… Barb

  15. an excellent reminder for all of us. too often these holidays become only about days off and clothing sales.

  16. Lovely post, and you are 100% right. Veteran’s Day can be easily glossed over by us young folks and those of us who do not have family in the military. No matter how one feels about war, the people who serve on the front lines deserve recognition for their efforts & sacrifices.

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