Remembrance Day 2009

With so many brave men and women of the Armed Forces from so many countries around the world giving the ultimate sacrifice so as to lessen the chances that we have to experience the forces of evil upon our shores, I believe we should thank them profusely every chance we get. Endless thanks should also go to those who not only give their lives but to those who are wounded, emotionally harmed and to those families who provide so much support to their family members who choose to serve.

A simple thank-you hardly seems enough at times.

Give generously to your local veterans associations.

I'd like to also extend a thank-you to our Aboriginal peoples who have a glorious history of serving in the protection of our country.

Here are the thoughts of Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid:

Honouring Aboriginal veterans for their extraordinary service

November 9, 2009

by: Hon. Brad Duguid/Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

This time last year, not long after I became Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, I was meeting with Serpent River First Nation. I was honoured to have been invited by their Chief to attend their community’s Remembrance Day ceremonies in Elliot Lake.

In the year since, I’ve learned a great deal about the contributions that Aboriginal people have made to Canadian society.

First Nation, Métis and Inuit people aided the early settlers, provided our ancestors with lifesaving and necessary food and medicine, and were key to forming the early economy through the fur trade.

But one of the most significant contributions has been their extraordinary military service as far back at the War of 1812 and before.

I’ve been reminded of this sacrifice each time I’ve attended a Pow-Wow. I’m always moved by the respect and recognition that is paid to First Nations veterans. Their recognition isn’t limited to one day a year.

To commemorate the contributions of Métis veterans, a monument has been erected on Juno Beach in France. The monument will be dedicated on Remembrance Day this year.

I’ve learned in the past year that Aboriginal military service was inspired, in large part, by the friendship treaties and by loyalty to the Crown. And so when Canada entered into global conflicts during the first and second World Wars and in Korea, Aboriginal people volunteered en masse to support Canadians' shared principles.

During this time, Six Nations of the Grand River provided more soldiers to the Canadian Armed Forces than any other First Nation. In one eastern Ontario First Nation, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, nearly every single able-bodied man volunteered to serve in the armed forces. The key word is volunteered. Aboriginal people were exempt from conscription and not required to serve.

That they volunteered in such numbers is all the more notable because they knew what they were giving up upon returning home. Through a process called enfranchisement, they would immediately lose their Indian Status when they joined the armed forces. Then, upon completion of their service, Aboriginal veterans would not be eligible for military pensions, subsidies and land grants provided to their non-Aboriginal comrades. They would not even be eligible to vote until 1960. Thankfully, enfranchisement is a thing of the past.

But many veterans of 20th century conflicts lived their remaining days in outright poverty. Canada’s most decorated Aboriginal soldier, Sgt. Tommy Prince, was forced to sell his medals to support himself. He died penniless in Winnipeg in 1977.

Aboriginal veterans deserved better.

On November 11 at 11 a.m., we should take time to honour Canadian veterans of all backgrounds. Many will reflect on the service of their family members. Others will be thankful for those long passed. At that time, I will be sure to remember and honour those many brave Aboriginal veterans who paid many sacrifices in service, in life and in death.

You will not be forgotten.

Extremely well said, I will add a simple Amen!

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

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

Thank-you Vetrans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It would be nice to see them honored at the game on Sunday

Hey, Sig, I heard Don Cherry's radio spot this morning.

I know you are a military man and likely know this, but

Don Cherry said that John McCrae was sitting on the bumper of an ambulance truck
looking at the grave of a soldier who was a close friend who had just been buried.

A soldier saw him writing on piece of paper for about 15 minutes

When John got up and walked away he dropped paper on the ground.

The soldier picked it up and saw that he had written a poem.

He was so impressed with it, he sent it to Punch magazine in England.

The magazine published it and the poem was soon famous all over the world.

If he hadn't done that, this profoundly meaningful poem
would never have been read and shared with the world.

Honour out veterans in some way today, folks.

—A heart-warming personal story about a past Remembrance Day—

One day a WW2 veteran was sitting by himself a coffeee shop.

He had just come from a Remembrance Day Ceremony.

His uniform was decorated with many WW2 medals.

A man went over to the veteran and expressed his gratitude
for his priceless war-time military service to his country

He asked about the medals on his chest

and the vet proudly described what each one
of his many medals was awarded to him for.

Several other people, including myself did the same thing.

He was taken aback each time and very grateful for all of this.

It’s very likely that such a spontaneous show
of gratitude never happened to him before.

It sure felt good to see the pride in his eyes.

That is a great way to honour a veteran.

If you can do that today, or any day
you’ll feel good for having done it,

and you would likely get an equally good feeling
by expressing gratitude to a present day soldier.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,

Take a moment to remember those gave all their moments

So that Canadians could live in peace and security.

Let the courage of our veterans, past and present, be an eternal remembrance.

May our memory of their sacrifices be a blessing.

He who makes peace in his high holy places,

May he bring peace upon us,

And say Amen.

AMEN

Many of these veterans weren't informed of that rule until returning home - only to find they weren't allowed to live there.
We should also remember that our Haudenosaunne allies played a major, if not integral, role to fending off the American invasion in 1812. Arguably, their loyaly to the British Crown is what allowed us to be a soveriegn (or, quasi-soveriegn, depending on who you ask) nation -- at least in these parts. Paving the way for Canada to acheive the identity we have -- and playing such a valuable role in the conflicts that today remembers.

Hats off and a solid salute to all the veterans -- of any justified confilct -- who have sacrificed so much for our well-being and freedom.

Gore Park Was packed with Adult's ,children ,old, young ,baby's , Good Support and Honor for the ceremony more then years passed in Hamilton.

We will remember.
Thank you to those before us, those brave souls who fight for peace now and the brave Canadians who defend our boarders and freedoms now and in the future.

All I can add is a big THANK YOU to all the veterans.

“Thank you, thank you so much,? said a woman to each veteran she passed as she walked through the largest Remembrance Day crowd in at least a decade.

http://www.thespec.com/News/article/670714

Thank you

Until recently we had not lost young Canadians in battle in a long time. We've lost two of the neighbourhood kids here and one who is paralyzed from the neck down :frowning:

While I dont think we have any business over there. My heart goes out to our vets and their families...

Thank you.

I went to the War Memorial on Parliament Hill today. There were thousands of people all around the war memorial, I didn't get to see too much but they had large screens set up. Got a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla and watched the veterans march past. I stood for about 2 hours, the weather was fantastic and with no wind and the sun shining it was really warm. A great day and a great experience.

From "For The Fallen"

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Thanks you to any veteran for your service to this great land. We will never forget the sacrifice you have made. salutes

To add to the thoughts here, something I forgot to mention was kudos to The Spectator yesterday for having the front cover of the sports section titled "Football in War" and the Flying Wildcats sketch and the article by Scott Radley on the team and the 1943 in which the team won the Grey Cup and how they got the name. Nice job fellas. :thup:

Couldn't find the article but here's a letter to the editor about the article:

[url=http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/LettertotheEditor/article/671298]http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/Lettert ... cle/671298[/url]