Sunday, November 7, 2010

Remembering and Being Proud to be Canadian

My heart aches for those that are away from their families serving in the Canadian Military. Every time I hear O' Canada I am reminded of the incredible sacrifice of those that served in the wars of years gone by and for those that today Stand on Guard for us, here and now. 
This year make an effort to get out to the Remembrance Day celebration happening in your community or take some time to go on You Tube and share with your children the importance of a minute of silence at 11:11 on November 11th. Talk to them about family or friends that you know of and share the stories, pass on a heritage of honour, a heritage of remembrance. 
This morning in church as we prayed and sang O'Canada I envisioned faces that came to mind, of friends whose sons are in Afghanistan and silently prayed "O Lord hear the cry of our hearts to keep them safe!" 
Please teach your children about honour and respect, tell them in the quiet place the importance of respecting the poppy, the symbol for remembering. So many young people do not understand the depth of the hurt, the depth of the sacrifice and it is because no one ever gave them a face to symbolize  or represent freedom, the freedom that we afforded every day. Young men and women, with quiet eyes, eyes that have seen things we pray our children will never have to see. I am proud to be a Canadian and I pray I never take for granted those in my family that served in the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Watch the video, grab a tissue, because somewhere today at this very minute someone is still over there...

In our prayers...
Lest we forget...

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