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    Poppy day
    Those 2 little words mean so much

    My Dad was a veteran of WW2 and served in the Italian campaign
    He was in Holland at the end of the war
    He was assigned to the First Canadian Division which was attached to the British Eighth Army

    A day of Remembrance
    When my father was alive, we had our own day of reflection together
    I moved away and we continued by telephone
    Growing up he was happy to know that in school we had to memorize " In Flanders Fields "
    He said I should never forget the words to that poem....and I never have
    I would light a candle and recite the poem while my dad was with me
    Then we carried on over the phone when I moved away
    He was not big on crowds and going to the cenotaph
    He always felt those displays glorified war and for that reason he refused his medals
    In his last days I asked if I could send for them and he agreed only because it was me asking lol
    I was always his favorite !!!
    I received the medals and a description of each
    I showed them to my dad and he was amazed he had received so many...I wasn't surprised at all
    He told me many many war stories while I was growing up...the same ones over and over again
    The last few months of his life he told different stories...the ones locked away for so many years
    I just let him talk as much as he wanted although the stories were horrendous and so upsetting to me
    His accounts needed to be told so I could remember them when he was gone.
    I saw a man at an airshow a few years ago with a shirt on that said Ortona. I stopped him and asked if it meant
    Ortona, Italy and he said yes. I said my father was there and his was also. Perhaps they knew each other and fought
    shoulder to shoulder in one of the bloodiest battles of the Italian Campaign. Just before Christmas 1943

    I will mark this day a little differently this year
    I am going to the Cenotaph and share with my community a day of respect for those that sacrificed so much
    And for so many...their lives
    I will silently recite the poem

    RIP and I love you Dad


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    Every year on Remembrance Day, i do the TV/Radio broadcast for my community, and take pride in being there and seeing our remaining veterans, each year they grow less and less.....I give thanks to all vets, and wear my poppy with great pride. here is a few words. for all veterans......






    We Can’t Forget.

    It’s that time of year again, when we gather at the mall
    We all march proudly, beside the veterans, who gave their all
    Now they have grown old, and in their twilight years
    In days long gone by, they fought with no fears.

    We wear our blood red poppies, and wear them with pride
    Their valor we will never forget, for them we abide
    Give praise to those who gave us freedom, for that we enjoy
    Never forget, that man, that woman, and the young boy.

    Many years have gone by, from the great wars they fought
    They came from all walks of life, their courage they brought
    From First nations villages, they left their loved ones dear
    Fought alongside their brothers, with no fear

    Those brave men and women, from all walks of life
    By land, Sea, and Air. They took it in stride
    Let us remember those who fell, and those who gave their lives
    Their names etched in stone, memorized with great pride

    So this November the 11th, please pause for a moment or two
    Remember those men and women, they gave freedom to me and you
    And give praise to those who are still with us, this Remembrance day
    Give them peace and tranquility, for this we all pray.


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    We will never forget their sacrfice for us.
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    JMHO...Anyone that can read that Darlin and have dry eyes is not human or has never seen the pain the vets endured..
    Your Dad told you stories that we all have hidden from the light of day until that time comes..
    Your Dad knew it was 'your' time to pass it on so it will not be forgotten..
    God Bless him for having the courage to pass on what most of us hesitate to talk about..
    You will know when and where it will be 'time' to pass those well kept secrets to those close to you,...
    Thanks for sharing such an intimate time in your life with us..
    God speed.... Lest We Forget..
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    Quote Originally Posted by anyonomus View Post
    JMHO...Anyone that can read that Darlin and have dry eyes is not human or has never seen the pain the vets endured..
    Your Dad told you stories that we all have hidden from the light of day until that time comes..
    Your Dad knew it was 'your' time to pass it on so it will not be forgotten..
    God Bless him for having the courage to pass on what most of us hesitate to talk about..
    You will know when and where it will be 'time' to pass those well kept secrets to those close to you,...
    Thanks for sharing such an intimate time in your life with us..
    God speed.... Lest We Forget..
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    Somehow this thread brings tears to my eyes this morning
    Such a lovely poem Charlie...Your words touched me deeply any ...thank you

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    Personally I think it's a shame that those that died for our country are remembered once a year. Such a large sacrifice should not be forgotten and should be remembered every day.

    I have one word to those that sacrificed for us.

    Thanks.

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    jesus dk, way to make a grown man cry.
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    Something happened today that brought a tear and a smile to me at the same time..
    A complete stranger with pants down to his 'crack' and a skateboard in his hands...walked up to me and asked ,in a demanding voice,if I was a veteran from the way I acted,spoke and carried myself.
    I humble answered that i in fact was,expecting a tirade of how war was no good and we should be home and it was a useless waste of lives ... and all of a sudden ,with a tear in his eye...
    He said 'Thanks,just thanks'.. There was no need to ask what for.. We both knew,
    You see after speaking with him and a little prying...Unbeknownst to moi' . this young lad had lost his dad in one of our conflicts and his comrade vets had brought his dad home for the family.
    In one of his many e-mails his dad mentioned the term most vets are familiar with and a code we lived and died by.. "No one left behind"
    this young fellow just wanted to offer a kind word to one of those comrades..
    I did not know his dad but that did not seem to matter to this young man..
    I went away with a different view of a young man with scruffy hair and pants hung below the knees..

    Please take the time to say a personal thank you to one or more of our veterans.We may look at you with a surprised face or glance away from your stare,,but deep,deep down inside we are forever grateful and humbled by your comment.
    Lest we forget..

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyonomus View Post
    Something happened today that brought a tear and a smile to me at the same time..
    A complete stranger with pants down to his 'crack' and a skateboard in his hands...walked up to me and asked ,in a demanding voice,if I was a veteran from the way I acted,spoke and carried myself.
    I humble answered that i in fact was,expecting a tirade of how war was no good and we should be home and it was a useless waste of lives ... and all of a sudden ,with a tear in his eye...
    He said 'Thanks,just thanks'.. There was no need to ask what for.. We both knew,
    You see after speaking with him and a little prying...Unbeknownst to moi' . this young lad had lost his dad in one of our conflicts and his comrade vets had brought his dad home for the family.
    In one of his many e-mails his dad mentioned the term most vets are familiar with and a code we lived and died by.. "No one left behind"
    this young fellow just wanted to offer a kind word to one of those comrades..
    I did not know his dad but that did not seem to matter to this young man..
    I went away with a different view of a young man with scruffy hair and pants hung below the knees..

    Please take the time to say a personal thank you to one or more of our veterans.We may look at you with a surprised face or glance away from your stare,,but deep,deep down inside we are forever grateful and humbled by your comment.
    Lest we forget..
    And once again the phrase never judge a book by its cover comes to light.

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    Happy vets recognition day to all the many my brothers and sisters from all branches of service that actually are vets who served our country to protect our freedom. Semper Fi (for all my Marine buddies)!

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    you are never late nor early when you recognize those that put their lifes on the line so we can enjoy the gift of freedom. We should thank and appreciate each and every veteran everyday and not just on veterans Day. I myself am a veteran and I want to thank all my brothers and sisters from all branches of the service for their service, and for their many sacrifices they made to assure we all are safe and enjoy liberty and freedom.
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