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.
As Canadians prepare for this Day of Remembrance of those who have died in the wars of our past, as well as to think of those who serve this nation today. Take some time to review some of the items below.
They provide a glimpse to the sacrifice of the past and provide for a permanent reminder of those who have served the call of their nation.
Prince Rupert's Remembrance Ceremony to commemorate the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th year, takes place this morning at 11 AM at the Cenotaph at the Prince Rupert Court House.
The parade to the Cenotaph will commence towards the 11 o'clock hour, arriving in formation in front of the Court House steps, signalling this years 11th hour of Remembrance.
The National commemoration takes place at just before 8 AM British Columbia time, with the Remembrance Day ceremony from the National War Memorial in Ottawa, broadcast live by all of the nations television networks.
You can learn more about Canada's Military history and the stories which have become part of the national tapestry through a number of movies and documentaries available through the NFB website, some of the features are available for streaming for free, others are available for rent and some are available for purchase until November 12th for but 99 cents each, offering up an opportunity to create your own archive of remembrance.
The NFB collection makes for a fascinating look a history steeped in success and sacrifice, offering a remarkable look at the events of the past that are marked by commemoration today, but memories which should be on our minds more often that just once a year.
Another option for research can be found from the CBC website, which has a number of War related items listed among its archive pages.
Remembrance Day is more than just a day off from your normal concerns, it's an opportunity to pause and remember those that served and returned home and commemorate those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
It's a day as well to thank those that continue to serve their country today, ready to take the torch and hold it high, as many, many have done before them through this nation's remarkable past.