Sunday, November 11, 2012

Take 5 with Kathy - "Remember..."

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and it is also being observed in many other countries of the British Commonwealth. Our American friends refer to it as Veteran’s Day. We specifically remember the armistice signed at 11:00 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, which brought an end to the First World War. As other great wars have been fought and ceased, we also remember the many civil conflicts, acts of terrorism, and on-going hostilities that shatter the lives of people around the globe. We must never forget.
Remember those who have fallen
Their ultimate sacrifice
The unselfish gift
Of life
For those left behind
Remember the innocent
Caught in the crossfire
Thoughtlessly robbed
Of a future
Helpless victims snuffed out
Remember the wounded
Bloodied hands reaching skyward
Being quickly drained
Of hope
Lying in chilled muddy fields
Remember the survivors
Grieving widows, terrified orphans,
The agonizing pain
Of living
Without precious loved ones
Remember the devastation
Burning rubble, splintered homes
The putrid stench
Of death
Lying forgotten in the streets
Remember the homeless
Trudging wearily in mass
Bearing the weight
Of what’s left
Only memories to take forward
Remember the aftermath
Teary hollow eyes
Surveying twisted ruins
Of a homeland
Devoid of all familiar
Remember the rebuilding
Landscapes taking new shape
Hills crudely formed
Of debris
Someone once called home
Remember the price
Paid on our behalf
Forget not the blessing
Of freedom
Take nothing for granted
We must remember…
We will not forget…
Remember what happened long ago; acknowledge that I alone am God and that there is no one else like me. From the beginning I predicted the outcome; long ago I foretold what would happen. I said that my plans would never fail, that I would do everything I intended to do.” (Isaiah 46:9-10, Good News Translation)

Until next Sunday,



  1. Thank you so much Kathy. We must remember, and be thankful to those to served, and are serving.

  2. Very beautifully written Kathy!! Thank you!


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