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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

Posted Nov 11 2010 5:31am

The armistice of the war to end all wars. I am skipping class today to go to the ceremonies. I really can’t comprehend why Rememberance day isn’t a public holiday in Ontario. I want all the veterans gathered there to see young faces in the crowd, I want them to know we still care, that we value their stories and their sacrifice.

The wars were part of our emancipation as a country, literally. Our soldiers’ contribution led to end important battles and to free occupied countries. And yet the events are too horrifying to recall. I think the mood, the traditions of this day reflect that perfectly.

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

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