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From: MaryW
Date: 11-11-2005, 09:28 AM (1 of 9)
Today is Remembrance Day and the kids are home from school. I can remember when I was in school we always had two minutes of silence at eleven minutes after eleven. My Dad was overseas for four years and I have an uncle buried in France. Apparently there is a cemetery there exclusively for Canadian soldiers who died defending their country.

My Dad would never say too much about the war, but he put his life on the line for us and our country. They deserve to be remembered with dignity.
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From: debsews
Date: 11-11-2005, 12:31 PM (2 of 9)
Mary: Thanks for reminding everyone that the freedoms we have are at the expense of many brave and wonderful men who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we are FREE! Thank you to all who have defended their countries and God Bless all the families that are enduring the pain of loved ones gone. My father was in WWII and I didn't find out anything about what he went through until he was 75 and I attended a reunion for the LST he was on. It's amazing to hear the stories these wonderful men have to tell. I've attended several and I always learn something new. I had the chance to tour an actual LST that some veterans brought back from Greece. It was an eye opening experience. Like being in a giant tin can on the ocean! No comforts at all. Talk to a veteran and get some insight from them. They love it when we remember!
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From: BRG
Date: 11-11-2005, 05:49 PM (3 of 9)
Absolutely and to thank those who are fighting for us as well.

I remembered growing up hearing the poem, "In Flander's Fields". I miss buying the poppy outside of the stores ...
- Brenda -
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From: dmoses
Date: 11-11-2005, 06:58 PM (4 of 9)
My husband wore his poppy to work today, and everyone wanted to know what it was for. They don't do the poppy thing here.
Take care,
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-11-2005, 07:02 PM (5 of 9)
We all wear poppies. They are on every street corner. It is a big day in the Maritimes. I like the idea that the kids are really keen on honoring the vets.
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From: BRG
Date: 11-11-2005, 07:12 PM (6 of 9)
Mary - I think it's big all over Canada ... I just wish it was as big as it is where I live. I guess it's a regional thing or something.
- Brenda -
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From: Magot
Date: 11-11-2005, 07:30 PM (7 of 9)
All my school wore poppies, the children ran an assembly on Armisitice day. We held a minutes silence throughout the school and all the kids stopped what they were doing and fell silent - you know how unusual that is with 500 children. Makes me cry every year, but them I am army born and bred.
At the rising of the sun, and the going down of the same, we will remember them.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-11-2005, 09:52 PM (8 of 9)
It's been a long time since I've seen poppies and I live between 5 'bases'.
I don't think they give them out here anymore...thats a shame. I loved wearing them as a kid....

The soldier I 'adopted' is in a 'sandy' place, but he's doing well. I get e-mail twice a week. He's a nice boy.
My husbands nephew is in an Asian place that has a 'weird' dictator, he doesn't get to e-mail so often.
Luckily him AND his wife who'er in the AF are both Ok...
My littlest brother-in-law is here in the states again. (AF too)
My Dad was Army (Korea). My friends and their Dads were AF ( I grew up around AF bases and I've watched them come and go through the years)
Some went to Viet Nam and came back in a box.....Most came back and were never the same...
I was lucky enough to see the ' Wall ' and the WWII monuments in DC.
Wonderful places to see, pray and honor those who can't be with us anymore.

May the ones that are far from home now, come home safely...
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 11-12-2005, 01:43 AM (9 of 9)
When mom and dad (both vets) were alive and not being snowbirds I would either make a special dinner at home or take them out to eat. Dad always told me it was no biggie being in the war it was his honor and duty to serve his country. Mom said she did nothing but make wraps for the poor guys who had cuts and brusies. Not until later did I find out some of the stories that went on durning those times. My dads unit had reunions every year and I always went with the folks. When it was winding down the men would talk about the war and I heard stories that would make me cry. These men would tell me not to be sad, for it was for our freedom they did what they did. They remembered their fellow soliders and thank everyday for our freedom.
My dad passed away a year ago in Aug. Today I went and place a flag on his grave. I was so moved by all the flags waving in the wind, all the veterans.
I have family and friends buried in Arlington, have been there a few times to visit their graves and to see the wall. Yes all of my family and friend died in Vietnam, but I was taken to tears at all of the memorials to all of the wars.
I too have a solider in Iraq and I shall never meet this man, but when I write him I thank him for being there. I do what I can to let him know I do appreciate him being there away from his home.
To all of you who have family or friends serving to protect our freedom, thank you.

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