Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

A change of pace today.  A friend of mine shared this on Facebook, and I thought it would be appropriate to share here.  Be sure to have a hankerchief handy. 

It makes our small daily sacrifices seem pale in comparison, doesn't it?

I heard somewhere that the word "Remember" is the most important word in the English language. 
Let's take some time to remember what happened at the 11th hour of the November 11, 1918, and to remember and honour those who have served and who continue to serve their countries in the armed forces.  It doesn't matter whether we agree with the politics behind any particular war.  The men and women who have given their lives in defense of their countries deserve our respect, as do those who continue to put their lives on the line every day towards the same aim.  Take a moment, a pittance of time, and remember.  It's the very least we should do.

**Note on the music**
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream".


Anonymous said...

Being of German origin, I'm sorry. Surely a piece which leaves the mind "bleached". Thank you for sharing. Please have you all a good Friday.

daily athens

Sundance said...

Robert, there is no need for you to apologize. Governments act regardless of the best interest of their people. Thanks for your posts on Lynn's blog, by the way, I always enjoy reading them.

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Never forget these moments.
An important day in France !