We in Canada commemorate Remembrance Day on November 11th each year. World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. So if I were home this year, I would have gone in to Taber to the Remembrance Day commemoration and I would have joined with hundreds of others standing for the two-minutes of silence in remembrance.
But I am in Kenya where they have different challenges -- including conflicts in countries surrounding us and also the constant threat of terrorism. Kenya, as part of the British Commonwealth, also commemorates Remembrance Day but not quite like we do in Canada. LeRon and I will wear poppies on Sunday. (They commemorate on the closest Sunday to November 11).
LeRon and I have been several times to war sites in England, France, Belgium, and also Germany, and have felt the spirit brooding over those places. Three of our kids have also been to these sites and it has been sobering and moving to them also. People in those countries definitely remember and are continually grateful for the freedoms they have.
Our youngest son, Eric, has written two posts about his experiences in visiting these places. His first was written in 2009 and the second in 2010. They are both excellent posts about these places with gorgeous photographs. Eric is an amazing photographer. Highly recommended to read these posts!
Check out his posts here:
Photographs to follow are of a memorial monument that my sons Michael, Craig, Eric, and I made for the Grassy Lake Cemetery. Grassy Lake men such as John Kast and Con Kast and others served in World War II. John Kast was a young married man with a wife but he volunteered for service because, as he told me one day, "Someone had to go and stop that mad man" referring of course to Adolf Hitler. There are many mad men today too. We need to fight for our freedom and be grateful for what we have.
|Here's two of our committee members, Faye and Elsie, with the monument. Wish I could have been there too!|