Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest We Forget

I came across this song a couple of years ago and for me, it's the most poigniant reminder of why we celebrate Remembrance Day in Canada. I am reposting it in the hopes that everyone who reads this today, take a moment to watch and listen to this video.

Here is the back story of Terry Kelly's song:

"On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 a.m. an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 a.m. to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream". "


To the men and woman who have served our country in the past and to those who are serving today, whether fighting a war or keeping the peace, I thank you for putting you life on the line. I am grateful to live in a country where I am truely free.

May those of you still serving come home safely to your loved ones. I pray for peace.

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