Veterans’ Week, has a way of bringing out the very best in Canadians. This week we honour the brave men and women who have always been there to defend our great country. But Veterans’ Week also brings out something special in ordinary Canadians who don’t normally wear their patriotism on their sleeves. One of the best examples occurs at War Memorials on Remembrance Day. You see it on the faces of those who stand many rows deep along the streets. As soon as our Veterans start to march in parade, everyone watching begins to cheer. Spontaneously. Proudly. It truly gets right into the soul, as the applause echoes off the buildings. Soon, children are waving Canadian flags. Everyone is saying “thank you.” And even the most hardened in the audience are left wiping away a tear.
That’s why Veterans’ Week is so important. It is our chance to fully understand and appreciate the great debt we owe our nation’s truest heroes. And it’s why we are asking all Canadians to think about how they will remember these men and women —past and present —who have always been there to serve Canada, both in times of war and in times of peace.
Scripture says in John 15:13 --Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends, or, There is no greater way to love, than to give your life for your friends.
Our great freedoms were given to us, not by politicians, lawyers, or social engineers. Our freedom to go to church, or to personally choose one’s educational path or career, and to vote, was given to us by soldiers. Soldiers -young, mostly between 18 years and 25 years, gave their lives for us.
And that is why we had our soldiers recently in
. We were fighting over there, so that we didn’t have to fight them here on our streets, like the evil enemy has strongly said they want to. Afghanistan
We will remember the courage, the achievements and the sacrifice. And we remember the families —the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and sons and daughters, who have made their own sacrifice for our way of life. For anyone who has lost a loved one in service to
, every day, is truly Remembrance Day. Canada
We specifically mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember. It doesn’t matter how we express it; we just need to take the time to make sure our Veterans know, that they have our nation’s unending gratitude. Lest we forget - we will remember them.
Every November, red poppies begin sprouting from the lapels of Canadians, and citizens throughout the
British Commonwealth. Most of us know that we wear a poppy in the days leading up to and including Remembrance Day to honour our soldiers' sacrifices.
There are real reasons why you should wear one:
's war dead. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the day of armistice that ended fighting in the First World War in 1918, was first marked as a day of remembrance in 1919. It would be another two years before the poppy was used to symbolize those who fell in what was mistakenly called the war to end all wars. Canadians use this remembrance symbol to honour all those of war service from all times, who gave all, so that Canada might live. Canada
Although the poppy has been associated with war dead since the Napoleonic era, the wearing of the poppy today is generally linked with the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, by Lt.-Col. John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer serving on the Ypres battle front in the Flanders region of Belgium. He wrote it in May 1915 after the death of a friend, observing how the red flowers sprouted in the makeshift cemetery where casualties were buried. In the region, the red poppy naturally blooms everywhere along roadsides where the soil is disturbed.
2. Remember all Canadian veterans. While the flower initially honoured
's war dead, the poppy has evolved as a symbol recognizing the service of all Canadian armed forces personnel in war and peace around the world. Canada
3. Tying past and present sacrifices. The poppy takes on particular significance for Canadians today. Thousands of Canadian soldiers have served in the NATO-led mission in
Afghanistan, most in the hotly contested region. Wearing the poppy is no longer just a way to remember long-forgotten historical events. It is a way to recognize and respect the sacrifices of today's armed forces and those who are serving now. Kandahar
4. We wear the poppy as a symbol of unity with fellow Canadians. This nation is not noted for patriotic bombast, except perhaps to sing out the national anthem before a hockey game. Wearing the poppy is one way of respectfully joining other Canadians in remembrance, recognition, and honour.
5. Support the Royal Canadian Legion's efforts to help veterans. Proceeds from the annual sale of poppies by the local legions' Poppy Fund goes towards assisting veterans and their families with needs such as dental and eye care, medical needs, shelter and clothing.
As long as there is evil that threatens,
will need a strong military. While we push back against evil so that the next generation can thrive, we are aware that there will be no world peace, until the Prince of Peace rules in every heart. Canada
Galatians 5:25 (CJB) says -- Since it is through the Spirit that we have Life, let it also be through the Spirit that we order our lives day by day.
Therefore we respectfully remember on this day.