Lest we forget Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for our freedoms. Their courage compels us to contemplate the cost of Freedom. We think especially of those who served on the frontlines. People like Canada's famous soldier, John McCrae, who in 1915 volunteered for duty at the age of 41 in WW1. He wrote to a friend, "I am really rather afraid, but more afraid to stay at home with my conscience." McCrae penned the famous poem In Flanders Fields. The last stanza is a challenge to all of us:
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.