There are many local Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place across the Region tomorrow on Sunday November 11th. Please take time to remember this important day and those individuals who have dedicated their lives to military service and in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice, to make Canada the wonderful free place that it is today. Most of these ceremonies include a parade of veterans where you and your children can show your respect by applauding to them on their way.
There are many other ways to get your child involved in Remembrance Day and I strongly encourage you to do so in whatever way is age appropriate. I had the pleasure of attending my children’s elementary school ceremony the other day and it was amazingly moving. They invited a young soldier who has finished two tours of Afghanistan and had lost close friends. He spoke about the dangers of war and impressed upon the children that war is nothing like the video games they play or the movies they see. He let them know that war is not good but that it is necessary to help others who can’t fight for their own freedom like the little girls in Afghanistan he spoke of. He made being a soldier very real and it had the kids full attention. This school ceremony delivered important, powerful messages in simple ways and included a bagpiper, the playing of taps, the singing of Let There Be Peace on Earth and the reciting of Flanders Fields. The children understood and I was very impressed.
There are other simple ways to share the messages of Remembrance Day.
- Wear a poppy and talk about it’s importance
- Print out some Remembrance Day colouring pages.
- (CLICK HERE) http://www.jumbocoloring.info/remembrance-day-coloring-pages_1p202.html
- Write a letter, postcard or greeting card to our troops. This address will get to troops in Afghanitstan
Any Canadian Forces Member
PO Box 5058 Stn Forces
Belleville ON K8N 5W6
- Post a message on this online bulletin board for our troops. Let the kids use their own words and just say thank you.
Royal Canadian Legion, Fred Gies branch 50: ceremony at the Kitchener cenotaph, at the corner of Frederick and Duke streets downtown, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Area streets will be closed for the duration of the ceremony. (Rogers TV will be covering the parade).
Royal Canadian Legion branch 530: parade leaves legion hall 10 a.m., marches along Regina Street 10 a.m., and marches to the Waterloo cenotaph at city hall for a 10:15 a.m. ceremony.
• Cambridge (Galt) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 121: parade marches away at 9:45 a.m. from legion, 4 Veteran’s Way. Services start 10:30 at Galt cenotaph on Queen’s Square.
• Cambridge (Hespeler) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 272: service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Tannery and Queen street cenotaph; reception follows at the Schofield Street legion hall
• Cambridge (Preston) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 126: parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall at Westminster Drive and Margaret Street, and will continue down Westminster Drive to King Street and Argyle Street to the cenotaph. The parade will return along Argyle Street to Duke Street to Westminster Drive.
• Wilmot Township (New Hamburg) — Royal Canadian Legion branch 532: parade forms at 1:30 p.m. at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron St., with a 2 p.m. service at the New Hamburg Arena, on Boullie Street.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
by Lieutenant Colone John McCrae
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.