This Sunday 11 November 2012 is Remembrance Day in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth. I will attend Parade and after go to lunch with my oldest Daughter. This is for me a personal day of mourning as my Father was killed in WW II. It is strange how I could mourn a man I never knew but I carry his name, David, and I too am a Veteran. I come from a Family that has always answered the call to arms when needed. Many of my relatives served in the British armed forces going back hundreds of years. Even my Step-fathers’ Family has a long and proud Military History. Both Families are Scottish and both served Crown and Country. Sometimes not always on the same side as at Culloden where one served the Hanoverians and the other the Stewarts. Eventually both Families would serve the same Crown and both would gain great honour. My Father was career Army 48th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corp ,and my Dad was a Territorial (Militia) Essex Rifles. Both served in the Commandos, my Father the 7th and my Dad the 4th. My Father would die on the 5th of May 1944 and Dad was taken prisoner in June 1942 on the island of Crete. There you have a brief explanation why this day is so important to me and not just because of them but also all my Family that served.
There is another reason that this Day is important. It pays Gratitude, Honour and Remembrance to all who served, suffered, sacrificed and died that we as a Nation are who we are to-day. They fought that we would be Free and he debt owed them can never and will never be repaid.
There is an article in one of to-days paper how some schools in Canada are allowing students to opt out of the Remembrance Day Ceremonies. One of the grounds is religious; well they wouldn’t have their freedom of religion if these young Men and Women had not “Stood In Harms’ Way” and protected that right. Shame on them .Shame on them for even considering it. In two World Wars 110,000 young Canadians died far from home and are buried in foreign soil never to return. What an insult and disservice to their sacrifice.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
LEST WE FORGET.