No matter what your opinion of war or of the military, today is about remembrance, not politics. Every one of the people who has given their lives to military service was someone’s child, and each had other roles, too, as someone’s parent, sibling, cousin, grandchild, coworker, neighbour, confidante, coach, teammate, or friend. Please take a moment today to remember them.
I’m a mother to a ten-year-old, and honorary aunt to another whose dad is in the Canadian Navy, so for me, one of the poignant moments today was when the pastor at the national ceremony in Ottawa read a poem written by Alexandria Grace Parker, a child who lost her dad in Afghanistan. You can find it here.
My friend kc dyer is going to the effort of posting the names of those Canadians who have died in Afghanistan. Please take the time to read them here.
And finally, my friend Pam reminded me of a British journalist’s tribute, a few years old now but still relevant, to the sacrifices of Canadians. Her blog about it is here.
To all the men and women who serve, thank you. We remember.