Rememberance Day is a particularly special day in Canada so it seems to us. For the last few weeks poppies have been sold in many places and people of all ages have been sporting them in the corners of their coats. There are shop windows filled with them and all weekend the signs on the buses have been flashing “Lest we forget” alternately with their destinations. Such a vibrant respect is very touching.
I have to say there is more respect here for the elderly – young people move and make way for them on the buses and in getting on and off the buses they are not made to feel rushed in anyway and should they require help with a shopping trolley many get up to assist. Perhaps it is because Peterborough is a small town or perhaps it is because there are so many people who retire here but whatever the reason, it is good to see.
Today Simon watched a video about Rememberance Day and war and they observed two minutes of silence. The students had a chance to reflect and discuss it. I noticed on the way back from my morning walk that there were some cameras around the War Memorial but didn’t really think about it – only when the usual drone of traffic outside the window ceased and I heard the sound of bagpipes did I remember that today is Rememberance Day so I stood at my window and watched the short procession, not as grand as the Anzac Day Parade in Sydney but good to see people on the streets pausing and paying their respects as the veterans marched proudly by or sitting in limousines waving at the spectators on the street- what a great debt we owe them.
They went with songs to battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
they fell with faces to the foe.
They shall not grow old, as that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.