It is hard to be so far away from my country in times of grief, and after the tragic events of the past several weeks, Canada has much to grieve. The Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa promise to be a somber and emotional affair this year, and although I am an ocean away, I will stand in silence and mourn with my fellow Canadians for what has been lost. This year marks 100 years since the world entered into the Great War, and while the arms of that conflict have long since been laid to ground, we all now know that the list of those we remember every November 11th is not finished. It will grow longer with each passing year, and so today, with a poppy over my heart, I will stand in silence to honour those who have fallen, and those who have yet to join them.
They shall grow not 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 will remember them.
“For The Fallen” – Laurence Binyon