Tomorrow, on November 11, we will observe Remembrance Day. This is a special day in which we take the time to honour members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

This year I am reminded of Master Cpl. Byron Garth Greff who died on October 29 in Afganistan. Greff is from Alberta and was 28 years old when a suicide bomber detonated explosives that killed 18 people. He left behind a wife and 2 very young children.

The first Remembrance Day was first observed on November 11, 1919. At that time, King George V created the event to coincide with the anniversary of the official end of the Great War in 1918 on the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

Remembrance Day is celebrated by member countries of the Commonwealth. However, other countries also observe similar events. Armistice Day (France & Belgium), Volkstrauertag (Germany), Independence Day (Poland), and Veterans Day (United States) all commemorate the end of World War 1 and the honouring of the fallen soldiers.

Canadian John McCrae penned the famous poem “In Flanders Field”. The poem is well known throughout the world. Today’s Top 7, in honour of Remembrance Day, is the recitation of this solemn writing.

In Flanders Field

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.

What will you do for Remembrance Day?

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  1. canuck121 says:

    Canada Rulz

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