Today is Remembrance Day in my homeland of Canada. The day is marked as such because of the armistice that ended the First World War – signed on the 11th hour on November 11th, 1918. For that reason, I have chosen to forsake my usual Monday blog post in favour of reflection.
Last month, my grandfather died. He was a veteran of the Second World War – a radar technician stationed at an air field in Northern Africa. He will be in my thoughts, along with other veterans and soldiers worldwide.
A poem appeared on my Facebook feed this morning, courtesy of a YouTuber I follow. I think it summarizes Remembrance Day best:
“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.”
Laurence Binyon – For The Fallen