On Remembrance Day we take pause to reflect on the sacrifices made to keep our nation free and to honour those who fought for our country.
What will you reflect on in your moment of silence, or as you listen to the service on the radio or TV, or even as you attend one at a local school, church, or legion? When we ask our community we hear many different memories, memories of a great grandparent pictured in a black and white photo standing proudly in uniform. Memories of listening to grandparents share their war experiences. Memories of standing tall along the Highway of Heros as one of our fallen is brought home. Memories of sitting beside a fellow parent at the baseball diamond watching our team, realizing that he/she is running between games because the other parent is away serving our country. Memories of news stories depicting conflicts from around the world where our Canadians are serving. Memories of a young soldier painted on the wall of the Memorial Center - I never knew him, but what a loss it is to us that he is gone, for his children especially.
To all those currently serving our country, the Moms and Dads, the sons and daughters - each of you mean the world to someone, and each of you is maintaining the world as we know it. If any of us should ponder further and wonder about the path our present decisions will create, I know it will include a wish that no matter where it leads, lives need not be the cost.