Lest We Forget




Remember that today is Remembrance Day, or Veterans’ Day in the US, if Canada is too boring to remember.  Remember to wear a poppy, if it’s available to you.  I’ve remembered to wear mine for about three weeks.  Remember that this day is not about the wars that have been fought, but the peace that has been achieved.

Remember the Alamo.  Remember the Maine.  Remember that much of the world, especially here in North America, lives safely, stably, happily, and prosperously.  Remember that, all it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.  Remember the members of the Armed Forces, present and past, who have refused to do nothing, and have put themselves in harm’s way, to ensure that we live as we do.

Remember to thank a Service-Person today (and every day).  Remember to shake his or her hand.  Remember to give a hug, if it’s appropriate and welcomed.  Remember to face the flag, and stand quietly and respectfully at 11:00 AM.  Remember that they volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way, so that we wouldn’t be.  It’s the least you can do.

Remember the sacrifices that others have made, that we might have what we do.  Remember those who have lost lives and limbs, and mental and emotional well-being, careers, education and even families, for us and ours.

Remember that a man wearing a helmet and defending our country, is worth more than a man wearing a helmet and defending a football – and should be paid accordingly, but sadly, is not.

Remember that the Canadian Thanksgiving is just past, and the American Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Remember to take all the things you’re thankful for and understand that those in uniform ensure that we have most of them.

Remember that the Armed Forces are like insurance.  You don’t want to use it, but it’s very nice to have when you must.  If only the American Congress could remember to play nice with others and remember to pay this vital and respected group.

Remember….sshhh, it’s almost 11:00 AM.  Remember what I told you, and stand quietly, respectfully, at attention, for two minutes.  I will.  I’ll be watching, and I’ll be back in a couple of days.


14 thoughts on “Lest We Forget

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    Archon, I will never forget.


  2. Remember what Canada stands for, remember the sacrifices of Romeo Dallaire and all of our honourable “peacekeepers” along with those who took up arms.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Thank you for reminding me. Too often, I get into the “American” mindset when writing these. Canadian “peacekeepers” bear arms, and have arms directed at them almost as much as those who war to end war. As Klinger from M.A.S.H. said about the Korean “police action”, “We’re not over here handing out parking tickets.” 😦


  3. BrainRants says:

    Thanks Archon… just thanks.


  4. Canada has nothing to be ashamed of, or to feel inferior about, for their military services. You fought longer and just as hard – if not harder – as the Americans in WW1. You stood on beaches and fought the Germans in Dieppe in France 2 years before Americans would land in Normandy. You fought side by side with us in the Alaskan North and the Aleutians. You died in the freezing North Atlantic defending England’s lifeline from the New World to her. You flew over the towns and fields of Britain, defending her when she stood alone against Hitler, and you flew in the cold dark skies over Occupied Europe, bringing the war to Nazi Germany, when none but the RAF and RCAF, working together, could.
    I give my unbounded thanks to all who have served, and will attempt to repay all civilians’ debt to them, regardless of which country they called home. Courage and sacrifice know no national boundary.


  5. whiteladyinthehood says:

    Awesome post, Archon. Very well written from your heart. You point out a lot of great things to remember.


  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Archon … this is one of the best posts on the subject I’ve read today. Well said, thus thank you. BTW – you may enjoy the videos on my post today – especially the first one.


  7. benzeknees says:

    Nothing more to say – this says it all Archon!


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