Above is a photo of the Cenotaph in Moncton, NB where I grew up. I walked past this memorial to and from school every day from grades 1 though 9 and, on Remembrance Day each year, I'd attend the memorial service with my family here in this park. My father fought in World War 1 and served in World War 2 and he used to march with the war veterans on November 11. In the 50's and 60's there were a lot of veterans in the parade along with marching bands from the nearby base and the high schools. I haven't been to a service at this park in 35 years but I'm sure there are very few veterans from World War 2 and the Korean Conflict to attend the service. Today there would be veterans from other more recent conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan - younger men and women.
On Remembrance Day this year we will attend the service at our local cenotaph at York Centennial Park in Mactaquac.
I will remember my father and all those who have gone before....those who served and returned....and those who served and gave their lives for the freedoms we have in our country today. I will pray for those brave men and women who serve in our armed forces today and for continued freedom in our country. We are very blessed to have the freedoms we do in Canada (and the US). Let's not take them for granted.
We will remember.