Lest We Forget

In prayer today we remember those who have suffered and given their lives for freedom and peace.  It is a moment for reflection for those who have lost loved ones on the fields of battle. We spend time in silence and remember and pray.


I’ve had the privilege of delivering the message twice in the past few years at the John McCrae House in Guelph (yes, he was born here) at the Remembrance Day services. Those gathered include school children, veterans and families. I am awed and touched deeply as veterans speak of their times, their sacrifices and how we must cherish peace and freedom.  We pause this day to remember and to honour them. We will not forget.


And the words of  John McCrae speak well into our reflection and prayer.


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.


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