Remembrance Day 2015

As I do each year, I’ve once again chosen a video message for Remembrance Day 2015.    Remembering those who fought for our freedom  a century ago feels more important as the years go by,  and as our society goes further down the dumper.

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  ~ Wikipedia

The videos is only 1:30. Please find a quiet time to watch it.  And please consider joining me for a moment of silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

4 thoughts on “Remembrance Day 2015”

  1. Seleena – what a wonderful video. It helped me to remember a couple of things: one, that there are those who sacrificed so much for my life, and what I often take for granted; and two, that there are those of a younger generation whose hearts are aware that they are heirs to gifts that so many gave to them.

    As a boy, I grew up in an area that was a mixture of immigrants to the US, but who strongly retained their native languages, customs, and remembrances of life that seemed impossible to me. A large Polish community surrounded me, and I loved to hear the stories – only half understood – of families, survival, and brotherhood during and after the second World War. It was almost impossible for me to imagine.
    But the veterans I was closest to were older, friends of my father. They were both veterans of the Canadian Black Watch who served in the Great War. One was a piper, who described (with dad sometimes interpreting….Scottish accents were stronger than Polish ones!) “goin’ o’er the top” – describing climbing out of the trenches, pipers first, to charge enemy lines. The other told me of days and days in the trenches, and finding himself wounded hours after a battle. He thought he had been struck with a rifle butt sometime during the conflict, and the area was hurting more and more. He asked his buddy help him take off his kilt, and found he had been shot in the lower back. He still walked with a limp after all those years…..
    Thank you Wilson. Thank you John.

    1. Hi Dea, I hope you’re right about your second point. I really wonder if most of them ‘get it’ and blame our generation for not helping them understand.

      Thank you so much for sharing some of your memories on this theme. I, too, grew up in a similar world, and your description paints a very vivid picture of the people and stories.

      As today’s world slips closer to the brink of something ugly, I can only hope ~we~ are the ones with the stories to share with future generations about how we heroically brought the world back from the brink.

      1. Hi Seleena,
        My father served as a machine gunner at the Somme in WW1 and fortunately lived through it. I also have a cousin who served in the navy ww2. He was in X-craft and was in the group that disabled a german battle ship in a Norwegian Fiojrd. as far as I know he is still alive.

        1. wow Pauline … that’s fabulous. Their selflessness, and yours, is why we can be who we are today. But I fear these idiots around us will piss it all away .. haha!

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