In honor of the day, I thought I'd share some quotes that to me personify why we remember the soldiers and many others who gave so much so that we can live in freedom. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of war and peace, we all owe so much to those who fight for the freedoms that we live in. I also wanted to share a link to an article my Dad wrote. He writes a weekly column in my hometown newspaper. He also shares it by email and a copy is put on the web each week.
"The real heros were the masses of ordinary soldiers who fought and died in the belief they were making the world a better place and their inventive leaders who stubbornly refused to follow the old rules of war." Pierre Berton, Vimy
"But now standing on Vimy's crest, he could no longer think of himself as English. He was part of a corps of young Canadians who had accomplished the impossible and done it with flair and dispatch.....The British hadn't done it; the French hadn't done it; they had done it-the Canadians." Vimy, Pierre Berton
"We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growning strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...." Winston Churchill, from his speech on Dunkirk at the House of Commons, June 4, 1940.
We shall never forget. We owe them at least that.