Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Day to Remember
At sunrise this morning the last of 68,000 names of the dead from World War One was projected on a building here in Canada and on Canada House in London, Great Britain. This project was the brain child of actor R.H Thompson and others who wanted to honour the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI. It was a brilliant idea and no doubt deeply meaningful to the family members of the fallen. I believe there is only one Canadian WWI veteran left alive, so it is important that we remember in other ways.
St. Paul's has only three veterans left from WWII that I know of, and all of them are in their eighties. All three have health challenges and while we want them to remain with us for a while, time marches on.
It is always important to honour and cherish the sacrifices of others for a greater cause. I find it quite emotional to see our aging veterans at the various events which take place at this time of the year. And of course there are Canadian military personnel is dusty Afghanistan, risking their lives from day to day for the good of others.
Jesus said that greater love has no one than to lay done one's life for a friend. Today we can find our way to a cenotaph, or watch on television or simply pause for a minute of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/534485
What impact does this day have on you?