Lest We Forget.

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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.

Also, the Act of Remembrance:

They shall not grow old
As we 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 shall remember them.
 

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A remarkable story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Major

Battle of the Scheldt

Major single-handedly captured 93 German soldiers during The Battle of the Scheldt in southern Holland.[citation needed] During a reconnaissance, whilst alone, he spotted two German soldiers walking along a dike. As it was raining and cold, Major said to himself, "I am frozen and wet because of you so you will pay."[cite this quote] He captured the first German and attempted to use him as bait so he could capture the other. The second attempted to use his gun, but Major quickly killed him. He went on to capture their commanding officer and forced him to surrender. The German garrison surrendered themselves after three more were shot dead by Major. In a nearby village, SS troops who witnessed German soldiers being escorted by a Canadian soldier shot at their own soldiers, injuring a few and killing seven. Major disregarded the enemy fire and kept escorting his prisoners to the Canadian front line. Major then ordered a passing Canadian tank to fire on the SS troops.

He marched back to camp with nearly a hundred prisoners. Thus, he was chosen to receive a DCM. He declined the invitation to be decorated, however, because according to him General Montgomery (who was giving the award) was "incompetent" and in no position to be giving out medals.
 

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And a letter to the editor in the Calgary Sun:

Making a difference

This will be the first year our family will not only pay tribute to all those who have served in the past, we will be very mindful of those who continue to serve our great country because our oldest son is a member of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan as part of the ongoing attempt to stabilize that part of the world that has seen war for decades. It was a sobering and emotional day when that young man left his family and young fiancé to board a plane bound for a dangerous part of the world in an effort to make a difference. It was hard to watch him walk toward the boarding area. The thoughts that run through your mind you just don’t want to accept. He keeps turning around and waving goodbye, you almost want to run after him and take him home. But he is a grown man and has chosen his path and it is an honourable one, to say the least, like those before him and those after him. Please keep them all in your thoughts today and every year.

Frank and Karen Lane
 

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