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Remembrance Day, a day to pause and reflect

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As November 11th dawns upon us,  it is a day in which to remember those who have fought to protect our freedoms  and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms.  I give you Dr. McCrae’s poem, penned  after surgery on the battle front in France.

In Flander’s Fields by John McCrae, May 191561N+R2RomfL

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.

12235099_10156192189590237_7851879497281567703_nAs  an aside,  I am including a photo one of many tributes from my hometown of Cornwall, Ontario.  It is meaningful to me, as a resident of the town,  though documents the sacrifice made  by many families who’s economic life depended on their love one’s employment in the town’s major employer.  This  plaque  is located inside the Royal Canadian Legion building showing the names of employees from the Howard Smith Paper Mill (Domtar) who gave their lives and served during the Second World War.This strikes an emotional cord with me .  I recognize many of the family names on this plaque.  It is also notable that my father and many of my family members,  were employed in this very mill.

 In 1941, Cornwall citizens purchased more War Savings Stamps per capita than any other community in Canada. Similarly, they bought $11 million worth of Victory Bonds.

 The wars of the past century have touched us all,  in many ways.  November 11th is a day in which to stop and reflect sacrifices made by all.

Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to my community. I love books, reading with my son, properly placed apostrophes, canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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