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11-11-2008, 08:25 AM
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Happy Remembrance Day!

Thank-you to all veterans past and present!

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11-11-2008, 08:28 AM
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Im glad someone posted this.


I'll be watching the history channel pretty much all day.


And please folks, take the moment of silence to remember the sacrifice, the pain, the losses.

Our generation has not needed to go to war for our freedom, but previous have and it is for that reason we live the life we live

Lest we forget..

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11-11-2008, 08:34 AM
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There's nothing 'happy' about today.

Thanks to the drafted regular people who had to show up and fight so others wouldn't.

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11-11-2008, 08:40 AM
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There's nothing 'happy' about today.

Thanks to the drafted regular people who had to show up and fight so others wouldn't.
Good point...its not a day of celebration, its a day of observation and recollection.

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

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.

-John McCrae


Thanks to all who served and are still serving today.

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And please folks, take the moment of silence to remember the sacrifice, the pain, the losses.

Our generation has not needed to go to war for our freedom, but previous have and it is for that reason we live the life we live

Lest we forget..
I would if I wasn't in class

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I would if I wasn't in class
WHAT?


What the hell is that ********?

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11-11-2008, 08:47 AM
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I would if I wasn't in class
Who's in class on Remembrance day?

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Who's in class on Remembrance day?
Guess I am. They (McGill) are doing a ceremony outside at 10 but yeah... I have Mechanics from 10 to 11:30. Sucks!

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Guess I am. They (McGill) are doing a ceremony outside at 10 but yeah... I have Mechanics from 10 to 11:30. Sucks!
That's horrible. Schools should be closed. Hopefully they do something in your class.

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Guess I am. They (McGill) are doing a ceremony outside at 10 but yeah... I have Mechanics from 10 to 11:30. Sucks!
I agree with Loudi, thats horrible.

Thats a gross lack of respect for the veterans.


We had our moment of silence here in atlantic canada. Ive done that every year that I can remember.

I never fought, nor will I probably ever in my lifetime, but there were others who had no choice but gave it their all for us.

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11-11-2008, 09:18 AM
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There's nothing 'happy' about today.

Thanks to the drafted regular people who had to show up and fight so others wouldn't.
The majority who fought in WWI and WWII were volunteers.

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Who's in class on Remembrance day?
Every kid in Ontario.

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Who's in class on Remembrance day?

We always were...but we always had a moment of silence at 11:00 AM

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We always were...but we always had a moment of silence at 11:00 AM
Really?? We always had/have a school ceremony on the earliest available day before and then the 11th off. Even as a kid I remember standing in front of the cenotaph as the names of our local soldiers that were lost in war were read out.

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Happy? ...

Anyway, my grand parents actually met during WWII (they both lived in England). He was a pilot and she was a nurse. He passed away a few years ago, but she still lives in Birmingham.

Thanks to all that have served and currently served. I'm not sure it's something I could do but I appreciate what they do for us.

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Really?? We always had/have a school ceremony on the earliest available day before and then the 11th off. Even as a kid I remember standing in front of the cenotaph as the names of our local soldiers that were lost in war were read out.
Schools certainly have ceremonies, but Remembrance Day has not been a school holiday for as long as I can recall. Worse still, and it pains me to say it, the kids are appalling ignorant of Canadian military history.

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My thanks to all those who served for our country.
You guys are the reason why our country is so great and that i can live a life in relative peace.

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Schools certainly have ceremonies, but Remembrance Day has not been a school holiday for as long as I can recall. Worse still, and it pains me to say it, the kids are appalling ignorant of Canadian military history.
Ignorant, yes. Appalling- I disagree. Part of me likes that people my age (36) and younger have no real concept of what sacrifices were made. It means that we haven't had to repeat the tragedy of war. In the broad scope of teaching students social studies, war is not something that you can spend a ton of time on. Once again- isn't that a good thing? I see both sides and I tend to flip flop.

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I heard something interesting about the battles of WW1 on the History channel...


The alluded to how the first war was slowly fading from Memory to History. I think its important for everyone to keep remembering what went on in the trenches of Europe.

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Good thread...

I have so much respect for war veterans, i'm so thankful for everything they did for us. There's nothing more touching than seeing a war veteran on a day like today, seen observing a moment of silence. I can't imagine what goes through their heads in a time like that...

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During WWII, my family lived in Oisterwijk, a small town in southern Netherlands, when Nazi Germany invaded. In 1945, they were liberated by Canadian and Scottish soldiers. Shortly after, the Canadians decided to convert their house into a field hospital, which would shelter the wounded who required immediate help. The friendly soldiers and medical crews couldn't have left a better impression on my frightened family. They were polite, helpful, respectful and took care of the 7 children whenever my grandparents needed some privacy.

When the war was over, the Netherlands were of course in ruins, and the Dutch government suggested that some of its nationals should try and relocate elsewhere in the world. My grandfather was left with 3 choices: Australia, Canada or the Netherlands Antilles. In order to help him decide, he held a family council where his wife and the kids unanimously elected to go to Canada. The Canadians were so nice and friendly that, if they had to move away from home, they couldn't see themselves living elsewhere. And so, it as decided, in 1954 the small family sailed to sea across the pond.

Every Remembrance day, I think about my family's journey. The Canadian soldiers went beyond their duty to protect my grandfather's children. Fighting the enemy is one thing, but forming a bond strong enough to convince strangers to immigrate wasn't part of the field manual. I am grateful to all the boys who made my family's dream of a peaceful life possible.

It is not my goal to start a debate, but I strongly believe that Canada's army should remain a peacekeeping force. Our expertise and knowledge should be used for helping the populations afflicted by war. Please help others as you have helped us. Furthermore, as I know this war isn't the most popular, I feel that our troops should not suffer because of our leaders mistakes as they need our support.

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Ignorant, yes. Appalling- I disagree. Part of me likes that people my age (36) and younger have no real concept of what sacrifices were made. It means that we haven't had to repeat the tragedy of war. In the broad scope of teaching students social studies, war is not something that you can spend a ton of time on. Once again- isn't that a good thing? I see both sides and I tend to flip flop.
I don't think kids can fully comprehend the futility and the horrors of war without a decent amount of knowledge on the topic. In the past year I've been fortunate enough to be able to visit the Imperial War Musuem in London and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. If it were up to me every school kid would be marched through a similar institution so that they can begin to imagine the sacrifices and hardships that generations past have had to endure.

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There's no one I respect more in the world than someone who is willing to serve for his/her country, especially in times of war. Thanks to all who have/will/is.

Every time i hear about a death in Afghanistan i tear up. Most of my family members have served in the army, and one of them went to the middle east last year for a tour of duty, and he is headed there again next year..

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