Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remember ...

... and be thankful.

--6 million European Jews and 10 million European Christians died in the Holocaust.

70,000 young Canadian men died in WW 1 and 150,000 were wounded -- fighting someone else's war.

42,000 Canadian soldiers died in WW 2 and 60,000 were wounded -- young Canadian men and women, fighting someone else's war.


Today our Canadian soldiers continue to fight in wars that someone else created. Their sacrifice has preserved our democracy and secure the freedoms that we currently enjoy -- guard those freedoms and never take them for granted.

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely."



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.

- John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer

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