In today’s connected “digital” age, we have the advantage of having information at our fingertips, capable of learning about the past, and dreaming about the future. We should be grateful that our generation hasn’t had to experience war like our families did before us.  

With that in mind, it is more important than ever that we take the time to learn about our history and remember the sacrifice made by others. “If we do not [remember], the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless.” As we observe the Two Minutes of Silence, and we pause to honour, thank and remember, be mindful of the lessons that were learned and grateful for the freedoms we enjoy as a result of the many who gave everything. 

Lest We Forget.

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

                        Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae