At 11am across Canada there is a two minutes of silence observed throughout the country to remember those who have given their lives.
For those who fight and die for the causes our politicians send them they are heroes. Their sacrifice, should be something we honour because without them our world would be a worse place. I hope that this look back I have given of the Canadian sacrifice will help each of us remember how much we owe those who serve in the uniforms of our military.
In our world where fear and instance news work together to make us feel every death it is hard to imagine losing thousands of troops in a few days or even minutes. Somehow it seems almost unreal to us, and it also makes us more sensitive to the coffins coming home.
So to quote one more Canadian who died for his country almost 100 years ago:
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.
— John McCrae