Above header photo from 7 Real Time digital wallpaper. 7rt.org.
Across the the nation yesterday, Canadians paused for two minutes in silence on the eleventh hour to reflect on the sacrifices so many had done in all the wars that involved our country.
In my small town of Dundas Ontario, the “Valley Town”(as it is also known) came out to the community cenotaph in impressive numbers to pay respect to those who served and to those who never returned home. Over the past decade I have seen an incredible increase in attendance at Remembrance Day ceremonies in many places in Ontario. ” [Y]ounger people are coming in greater numbers”, said former correspondent Brian Stewart to CBC’s anchor Peter Mansbridge in Ottawa last night”. “In recent years, it has become more of a matter of education”, stated Stewart. Proof to many that the infamous phrase “Lest we forget” is now entrenched in our hearts as well as in the national consciousness.
One hundred years ago today, Canada and the nations of Europe would not have believed that the oncoming war was possible. That the “civilized” countries of Europe could allow such an inhuman conflict to happen was unthinkable. In less than eight months the most destructive and tragic conflict the world had ever known would begin.
We still have much to learn from the events of World War One. Hope you enjoy the pictures.