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Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in B.C. and it is a statutory holiday here in our province. It’s a day we should be educating our children about; why the holiday exists and what the day actually means. It’s not just a day off work or school it’s a very important day to take the time to remember all the men and women who lost their lives for our freedom!
It’s a perfect time to recognize the incredible sacrifice our service men and women have made and continue to make. You will see many people wearing the bright red poppies on their sweaters and jackets that symbolizes the day in the most obvious way.

I still recite the famous poem by John McRae every Remembrance Day.

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915

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.

Remembrance Day has played a major role in our lives since 1931. We congregate in memorial parks to acknowledge and honour all those brave soldiers who fought for us and for our country. We also observe a moment of silence to honour all those who have the sacrificed their lives and for the many who still do.

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