Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lest We Forget

November 11 is Rememberance Day in Canada, and throughout the British Commonwealth of Nations, and in many other countries of the world.  It is a memorial day in Canada and many other nations for the memories of those who died in the line of duty to their country.  It was first proclaimed as a day of remembrance by England's King George V in 1919 to honor those who died in the First World War, and the memory of the deceased are to be called to mind at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, which is also the time that the Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany earlier in the morning took effect.

Many other brave men and women have died subsequently in conflicts throughout the world, and we extend this Remembrance to include them as well.

In America, it is called Veterans Day, because Memorial Day, when members of the US armed services who died in conflicts are honored, has a longer tradition, dating back to the end of the Civil War between the states.  So, Veterans Day recognizes all who have served in the US military.

Though November 11 does not memorialize those American service men and women who died while serving their country, I have chosen to link a special video I came across that is about honoring American war dead in the Angel flight that repatriates their bodies to America.  I have also linked another video, which is how Canada has honored our military men and women killed in combat, by repatriating them to Canada, and taking their bodies on the drive along the section of our TransCanada Highway called the Highway of Heroes.

May we never forget the courage that men and women who have served our countries in the military have displayed, many of them at the cost of their own lives.

May they Rest in Peace.

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