I ask all of us to take a moment or two to remember those that served and sacrificed.  Some their lives, some their limbs, some their sight……..some their convictions and  their very thinking minds.

I am of a generation that has known veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea, Bosnia, Iraq I,  Iraq II, Afghanistan and the old man across the street that lost his leg in the Civil War.

This is not meant to celebrate war, but meant to remember those that were asked or drafted to serve.

I await the moment, the day when all mankind spends less on war and conflict and more on resolutions towards peace.

While we give our thoughts, to those that have served, let us always remember of the innocents.  Those that had no quarrel, the women, the child and those that wanted nothing but a life to enjoy, to sing, to pray for a full and safe life.  Those that aren’t “counted” and now have been relegated a name of “collateral damage!”   No that was a life as full and vibrant as yours, General , not collateral damage!



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It’s interesting how this day means different things in different countries. In Canada, this is a very solemn day, Remembrance Day, the same as American Memorial Day, in which you remember the war dead. Canada sort of has a Veterans Day, called Canadian Forces Day in June, but it is not a big day there. A few parades and ceremonies, but it is not a holiday.

In New Zealand, Remembrance Day is not that big of a deal, a few ceremonies, but not much. The big day there is Anzac Day, April 25, because that’s the day the Battle of Gallipoli began. Gallipoli is a very big deal to the Australians and New Zealanders (but not to Canadians, for some reason). Gallipoli played a role in creating more independence for Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Up until then, when the Brits said “Die for the King,” the other Commonwealth countries said, “How quickly, sir?”

After Gallipoli, in which the Brits threw the Kiwis, Aussies and Canadians into an absolute meat grinder with almost no regard to casaulties, they started saying, “Um, wait a tick…”

Gallipoli led to strong movements in NZ, Australia and Canada to become more independent from the UK. I think Canada became fully independent in 1931, Australia 1942 and New Zealand 1947.


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Thanks for this post, bito! We sometimes go through holidays distracted by how we’re going to spend them but this is one holiday that represents such enormous sacrifices by our fellow citizens.

My sincere thanks and gratitude to all of those who have served our military. Hopefully, we won’t need to ask so much of so many in the future.


I always remember bito, and say thank you and God bless to all veterans of all wars, then and now.

Did you see the story the other day about the Chinese government telling Cameron and his visiting team to remove their lapel Poppies, they refused, and I was proud of the refusal. Poppies are worn as a sign of respect for the fallen and the veterans of the wars. China had no right to demand any such thing.