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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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At 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, I shall physically stand before the cenotaph on St. Anne Street, here in St. Albert to take part in, and witness the Remembrance Day services.

My mind however, will be elsewhere. Part of the time it will have me in the Royal Canadian Legion burial plot in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where I will stand before the graves of my father, Lt. F. J. W. Sinclair and my mother Pt. N. M. Sinclair and salute them. They both served in WWII where my father was wounded in action in France.

It will then take me to another family plot in the small town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan, where I was born. There too, I will stand before the graves of my uncles Marvin, Donald, and Roy who also served overseas in WWII. And I will also stand before, and salute the graves of my two younger uncles who served in Korea. Uncle Benjamin, who I got to know later in life and Uncle Stanley, who I didn't get to know, dead at 33 years of age.

I shall remember that I am here, never having to go to war, because they did so on my behalf. They, and many other citizens, of many other countries, in many other conflicts. I shall remember them all.

When the final sweet notes of The Last Post haunt the still morning air, I will shed no tear, for they would not expect me to do so. I will however, have a very large lump in my throat.

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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 09:41 AM   #2
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Well spoken.

I will also remember the sacrifices of soldiers, including those of ours, our allies and our enemies, and renew my commitment to preventing greedy businessmen and power-hungry politicians from causing the conflicts that result in the waste of so many young lives.
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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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Well spoken.

I will also remember the sacrifices of soldiers, including those of ours, our allies and our enemies, and renew my commitment to preventing greedy businessmen and power-hungry politicians from causing the conflicts that result in the waste of so many young lives.
bryanc, please stop being such a self-serving zealot. If you truly believe that all sides in armed conflict are morally equivalent, go start your own thread--instead of fertilizing this one.
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bryanc, please stop being such a self-serving zealot. If you truly believe that all sides in armed conflict are morally equivalent, go start your own thread--instead of fertilizing this one.
+1. A rather simplistic and naive view of the causes of armed conflicts to think that it is all about "greedy businessmen" and power hungry politicians.
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Very nice SINC.
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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 12:57 PM   #6
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I will let these two photos speak for themselves. We do get a lot of wind here and even some sunshine. The first flag flies over the cenotaph at our local legion and was last replaced just before Canada Day. The second flies outside a business in a southern Alberta community that is noted continent wide for its community pride. Both were shot yesterday and will no doubt be flying tomorrow.
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At 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, I shall physically stand before the cenotaph on St. Anne Street, here in St. Albert to take part in, and witness the Remembrance Day services.

My mind however, will be elsewhere. Part of the time it will have me in the Royal Canadian Legion burial plot in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where I will stand before the graves of my father, Lt. F. J. W. Sinclair and my mother Pt. N. M. Sinclair and salute them. They both served in WWII where my father was wounded in action in France.

It will then take me to another family plot in the small town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan, where I was born. There too, I will stand before the graves of my uncles Marvin, Donald, and Roy who also served overseas in WWII. And I will also stand before, and salute the graves of my two younger uncles who served in Korea. Uncle Benjamin, who I got to know later in life and Uncle Stanley, who I didn't get to know, dead at 33 years of age.

I shall remember that I am here, never having to go to war, because they did so on my behalf. They, and many other citizens, of many other countries, in many other conflicts. I shall remember them all.

When the final sweet notes of The Last Post haunt the still morning air, I will shed no tear, for they would not expect me to do so. I will however, have a very large lump in my throat.

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I'm going to the Cenotaph by Old City Hall here in Toronto. Besides all the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country; I'm going for my Grandfather, Gordon Leroy Simpson. He served in WW2 as a radio operator/repairman/cargo pilot. Never saw active combat; but he said the u-boats along the East Coast were dangerous enough flying around! He passed away this August at the age of 86.
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Lest we forget, indeed. I think it should be a statutory holiday in Canada.

The Canadian Hero Fund is initiating a fundraiser to benefit the children of our fallen soldiers. An $11 donation put toward scholarships for the kids. 11for11
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Remembrance Day is a New Brunswick Provincial Holiday.
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