Thursday, November 11, 2010

lest we forget

There's something really special about Remembrance Day for me. I can't be sure but I think the combination of having a grandfather who served, being proud of my country and respecting all those who have fought for freedom has created such a strong connection. I don't let this time go by without proudly wearing my poppy or observing a minute of silence and taking the time to truly remember all those who sacrificed so much. With so few veterans left and battles still being fought on a daily basis, I find it ever important to carry on the message that without the actions of these brave soldiers and civilians, the world would not be as it is today and I am entirely grateful for the courage and honour so proudly displayed during such a tough time.
{In Flanders Fields}
I remember having to do an art project in high school where we had to pick an image to recreate that represented life in the war. I can still remember the image I chose, of a soldier in a trench, looking sad, desolate and heartbroken but still stronger than I could ever imagine having to be. It's an image that I don't think I'll ever forget as it impacted me more than I could predict. It gave me a glimpse into the battle being fought on the front lines as well as the mental battle that I can only begin to imagine those in the war fought everyday. I can't comprehend the violence and I truly wish we could all get along without having to break out guns and grenades but I do think we have so many soldiers to thank for their bravery, selflessness, commitment and sacrifice to the battles of the past and present.

To all those who fought and continue to fight, I am so thankful for all that you have done in the face of adversity and violence and in the name of peace and your country. You and your service will always be remembered.

15 comments:

la petite coquine said...

What a beautiful, touching post.

Jessica said...

This is such a great post. I LOVE when I see the younger generation carrying on the tradition of respecting and remembering those who have served. You are an excellent writer by the way.

Thanks for checking out my blog too.

Jessica

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

When I was in HS I went to Belgium for Remembrance day and walked around the trenches- it was cold and rainy- quite the impact-
Lovely post!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

This is such a beautiful post, sweetie. I also have always had such a great respect for veterans. My grandfather served as well and it was something that I admired and respected about him and all others from a very young age.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend xoxo

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Absolutely wonderful post.

Krystal said...

What a great tribute. And so crazy that you still remember that pic from HS, but makes sense.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Heart warming tribute!
Here' to all the men & women who had served!

Kristin said...

It always touches me too. My grandfather is buried in Arlington and I always think of him!

Leah said...

What a great post for our veterans!!

Hope your having a great weekend sweetie!

Luvs!

MarchMusings said...

Great sentiments on a great day. We can live peacefully because of what they go do everyday.

iheartkiwi said...

What a beautiful tribute.

The Zhush said...

Well said!

Diana Mieczan said...

What a beautiful tribute,sweetie. Hope you had a fantastic weekend. Happy Monday morning
Muah

Classy Career Girl said...

Great post! Thank you to all who have served and who currently serve!

Holly Knitlightly said...

This was such a wonderful post, thank you!