Opinion

Let us each remember

Each year on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, the ranks grow thinner, the steps are slower, and it’s obvious that time is taking its toll on the aging but stalwart veterans who come out to mark this day of quiet reflections and solemnity.

We will pay tribute to our brothers and sisters who paid the supreme sacrifice, many of them resting in watery graves or in the bloody battlefields upon which they fought and those missing-in-action, their places of rest known only unto God. We will remember them.

Those of us who went overseas in the Second World War will recall the dark days of 1940-41 when Britain and the Commonwealth stood alone against the all-powerful Nazi juggernaut. We will remember those brave pilots and air crews who lost their lives in the Battle of Britain, and the naval and merchant seamen who met a watery grave in their struggle for survival in the Battle of the North Atlantic. Let us remember the brave men and women who fought and died in Hong Kong, Burma, and the Southeast Asia approaches, and the hell-holes of North Africa and the European continent.

Veterans of the Korean conflict (the unknown war), will reflect on their seemingly futile struggle against a strange enemy in a strange land.

Let’s hope that their comrades left behind did not die in vain.

Even today, when the world should be at peace, Canadian men and women in our armed forces are risking their lives in trouble spots around the world.

So, on this Remembrance Day, let us bow our heads for a moment or two in silent tribute to those who fought and died for their country and for our freedom.

Oh. Gallant hearts, who to your glory came

In dust of conflict, and through the battle flame

Tranquil you lie, your knightly duties proved

Your name forever hallowed, in the land you loved.

John Bromley

Parksville

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