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Ode of Remembrance

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.
Lest we forget.

Today is not simply the first day of a long weekend (for those readers who do not get this day of rememberance off, it’s a mystery to me why the one holiday that crosses all religions, all backgrounds, all beliefs is not granted to all Canadians on a federal level). Everyone living in Canada should take a moment to remember. Even if you do not believe in the wars, the missions or the political reasons that continue to take the men and women of this country to the most dangerous places in the world, remember. Because today isn’t about the politics – it’s about the people. It’s about the men and women who served and continue to serve to protect our freedom and the freedom of others. It’s about those who died on the field of battle and those who survived. It’s about the veterans and those who continue to wear the uniform today. Let us take two minutes and remember in silence those who fought and continue to fight to ensure that we have the rights and freedoms we often take for granted. Let us teach our children about our history and ensure that we never forget the price of freedom. Let us take the opportunity to thank the people who have made our way of life in Canada possible. Let us remember.

Then you can enjoy having an additional day with the family and celebrate the hard won freedom we enjoy in Canada. I for one, will enjoying the mountains and one of our National Parks with my family.