Remembrance Day

REMEMBRANCE DAY TOPIX

~ Remembrance Day Poem ~

Grandpa pinned a pretty poppy

On his big black coat today,

He always stands up straighter

When he wears that coat that way,

He was humming to his friends again so soft that no one hears,

But I think he knows I’m listening

And he lets me see his tears

He was talking to his friends today

I heard him when he prayed

Now were going to see them

At my Grandpa’s big parade.

I sit high on Daddy’s shoulders

And try to catch my Grandpa’s eye

But he’s looking at the Maple Leaf

And he salutes as he walks by.

I ask if I can meet his friends

So he takes me for a walk;

We kneel beside a list of names

All written on a rock.

He tells me they were left behind

In cold and distant rain

He can only talk to them in prayer

They can’t come home again.

We had to pay the price, he says

To bring war to an end;

I think Freedom’s pretty costly

If you have to pay with friends.

‘Why did you do all that for me,

I wasn’t born yet ?’

He held me close and whispered

‘I don’t want you to forget.’

‘I did it for my Mom and Dad,’

Then his eyes began to water

‘I did it for your Dad, and you

And for your son and daughter.’

So I’ll always pin my poppy on,

Take my grand kids on parade;

Kneel underneath the Maple

Leaf,

To thank the friends my Grandpa

Made.

~ anonymous  

 poppy

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause and remember the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and during peacekeeping missions. I am grateful for all those who have fought and those who continue to put their lives at risk each day so we feel a little more safe in the world. Each year we pause to watch the planes fly over to pay respects to all of those who have fought for our freedom, and each year it brings tears to my eyes. Today will be no different…

Thank you from the deepest part of my heart!
Tracy signiture

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Svaha Spirit Series ~ Remembrance Day 2012 ~

May Angels Bring You In…

“A Remembrance Day Video with exclusive war footage from WWI, WWII, and Afghanistan. This video features actual film footage and photos from Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Dieppe, Ortona, Normandy, Arnhem, Holton, Holland, Belgium, Netherlands, Korea and Afghanistan.”

Edited by Jonathan Wagner – WagnerMedia.ca

Song: ‘Hear You Me’…Jimmy Eat World

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Peace One Day

Bonnie Johnson's PostThis Monday, September 21st, marks the annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace.  The resolution was unanimously adopted in the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York in September 2001.

By 2007, the UN estimated that over 100 million people from all walks of life actively supported Peace Day around the world.  That same year, Peace One Day was instrumental in securing the conditions by which mass polio vaccinations could be carried out in Afghanistan on Peace Day; 1.4 million children were vaccinated in some of the most remote areas of the country.  And in 2008, an additional 1.6 million were treated.  That’s an estimated 3 million children in Afghanistan alone – on Peace Day.

The mission behind Peace One Day is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools.  Therefore Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.

I believe very strongly that what we give our attention to is what we create, so why not give our full attention to peace for a whole day as a start at least.  Let’s all allow our thoughts of peace to ripple outward and see how many can be effected.

This is the second year that I’ve left my pledge for Peace One Day on the website of the same name.  This year my pledge was to focus on peace and the hope of lasting peace on the 21st of September.  I urge you to go and explore the website for yourself.  Founder and chairman, Jeremy Gilley has done an amazing job through his dedication and dream for peace one day.  He writes “We want to reach 3 billion people with the message of Peace Day by 2012, and we are working with governments, the UN system, non-governmental organizations, schools and corporations to achieve that; but ultimately it is your support that will help make it a reality.”

I’m in!  How about you?

Please note: Some clips at the start of this video may be disturbing to some.

PEACEBonnie

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