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Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day November 11th 2013

Today in Canada it is Remembrance Day and in the Province of British Columbia it is a stat holiday.  

I personally believe this day is a time to remember our military service people past and present and say thank you.  

I start my day off watching the Ceremony in Ottawa then I catch some of the specials through out the day. I know no matter how much war footage I watch I will never in a million years understand what a soldier goes through on the field.

So to those who served and did not make it home THANK YOU.

To those who served and made it home THANK YOU.

To those still serving THANK YOU and my prayers are with you.

I found this picture of the little girl and the Union Jack flags at an antique store.  When I saw this picture I thought of a little girl praying for her father or older brother to make it home from the war.

These collectors plates are from the Canada Remembers series by David Craig.  The top two are new to me this year the one on the left is "From East To Western Sea" the one on the right is "In All Thy Sons Command".  I got the bottom two last year and posted them the one on the left is "We Stand On Guard" and the one on the right "With Glowing Hearts".

I was at a second hand store and saw these little military figurines so I got them I thought I might be able to use them in a window display.

The above pictures are from the family photo albums and could be of family or family friends. The first group picture at the top I believe my Great Uncle is in, it's from World War I which he served in.

The poppies in the above picture are what we wear leading up to and on Remembrance Day.

The following poem was given to me and I do not know who wrote it.  I hope you have the time to read it as it's kind of long but I believe worth reading.

Why Wear A Poppy?

"Please wear a poppy," the lady said,
     And held one forth, but I shook my head,
And I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
     Her face was old and lined with care,
But beneath the scars the years had made,
     There remained a smile that refused to fade,
A boy came whistling down the street,
     Bouncing along on carefree feet,
His smile was full of joy and fun,
     "Lady," he said, "May I have one?"
When she pinned it on, he turned to say,
     "Why do we wear a poppy today?"
The lady smiled in her wistful way,
     And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,"
"And the poppy there is a symbol for,
     The gallant men who died in war,
And because they did, you and I are free,
     That's why we wear a poppy you see,
I had a boy your size, golden hair and big blue eyes,
     He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about,
     As the years went by he learned and grew.
He became a man as you will to,
     He was tall and strong with a boyish smile,
But he had been with us such a little while,
     War broke out and he went away,
I can still remember his face that day,
     He smiled at me and he said , "Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mom, so please don't cry,"
     But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray,
     His letters told of the awful fight,
I can still see it in my dreams at night,
     With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets and the bombs and fire,
     After at last the war was won,
And that's why we wear a poppy, son,"
     The small boy turned as if to go,
Then he said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know,
     That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son, did he come back all right?"
     A tear ran down each faded cheek,
She shook her head but didn't speak,
     I crept away in sort of shame,
And if you were me you would have done the same,
     For our thanks in giving is oft delayed,
Though our freedom was bought, thousands paid,
     So, when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burdens borne,
     By those who gave their very all,
When they answered their country's call,
     That we at home in peace might live,
Then wear a poppy, remember and give.

Thank you for reading my Remembrance Day Post. 



  1. Lovely post!! Thanks from a fellow Canadian!

  2. Hi Denise,

    We used to wear poppies when I was a child, but the tradition seems to have gone away. My daughter and her family, who live in Gainesville, wear poppies each Nov. 11th.

    Our flag is hanging outside today, but I felt that it'd be disrespectful to add something to my horrible post.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  3. That's a lovely tribute Denise.
    A wonderful poem which I haven't seen or heard before.

    Your family photos are precious.

    In New Zealand and Australia we wear our poppies on ANZAC Day which is the 25th April each year.
    (ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps).


  4. this is a beautiful and heartfelt poem

  5. Hello Denise, Your post is a fine tribute to the men who went to wore for their country. The USA, Canada and the many other countries who fought for freedom. A lovely post. The collection of plates and your other photos add so much to your post.
    xo, Jeanne

  6. Love all the military goodies and the poem, beautiful post.

  7. A very nice tribute to those that served us well.

  8. This was a beautiful post, I really love that poem, made me weepy. Such a beautiful tribute. I didn't know about Canada's Remembrance Day, so glad to know we share a day of tribute for our veterans (I'm in the US). Thanks for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up this week. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  9. That poem is lovely. Totally made me cry. I didn't know about Remembrance Day...thank you very much for sharing. Gotta go find a tissue now...

  10. Thank you for this poem and these wonderful images of those who sacrificed to keep our Freedom!

  11. Denise I love this poem! I heard it once, but don't remember where. You have some amazing collections! I don't think we can even imagine what soldiers go through. We will never be able to repay them for their sacrifice! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing my friend...hugs...


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