To all military personnel and their families, thank you for our freedom that you so unselfishly protect and for the sacrifices you make every day for all of us! We all owe you a debt of gratitude far deeper than mere words can express. On this Remembrance and Veterans Day, may we all wear our poppy where appropriate and take a moment wherever we may be on the 11th at 11:00 a.m, to remember the brave men and women we have lost and those that stand before us.

This day holds a lot of meaning and memories for me and is a day close to my heart. My father fought in Burma during WWII and my father-in-law fought with the US Coast Guard, my first husband was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces along with my brother-in-law and my nephew has recently joined the Royal Canadian Navy. I will always remember and cherish the stories my father shared with my daughter when she was younger that allowed her to see what this day meant through his eyes. I fondly remember how proud he was to march each year as a member of the Burma Star in the Victoria, B.C. parade with his head held high and his shoulders squared back, come rain or shine. I also remember her wonderful father who cared fiercely about this great country of ours and showed it every day. Some of them are no longer with us but we shall remember them and offer up thanks from a grateful nation and ourselves.

In Canada, the stretch of highway from Trenton, Ontario to Toronto has been named The Highway of Heroes in honor of our fallen soldiers and it is the route the procession follows when bringing them home. This stretch of highway is where friends, family, civilians, police officers, firefighters, first responders, soldiers, and veterans will line the overpasses to pay their respects to our fallen heroes. I have only stood on that bridge once and it was one of the most gut-wrenching scenes I have ever witnessed. Ironically, years later, I ended up in a tow truck and when I looked at a picture on the dashboard of the driver’s truck, it was a picture of the soldier I had silently offered up a prayer for on that bridge as the hearse carrying his body passed underneath my feet; he was the driver’s cousin.

As we celebrate our freedom today, I would ask you to stop for a moment to remember and thank the brave men and women who support the freedom we so often take for granted.

Lest We Forget.

Here are just a few things I have found that I think you may enjoy learning about regarding Remembrance Day and Veteran’s Day:

Canadian Remembrance Timeline

History of Veterans Day