One hundred years ago today, the Armistice that ended the First World War was signed.
It was to have been the war to end all wars.
At the Ceremony of Remembrance at Queen’s Park we took a moment to remember all those who served and sacrificed for our freedom and all those who serve today.
My husband, Peter and I both had fathers who fought in WWII. My dad served in Conn Smythe’s 30th Battery that landed at Juno Beach on D-Day plus five and then defended the bridge at Nijmegen in Holland. Peter’s father was a Canadian in the RAF. He was a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.
Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Peter’s dad was one of “the few”.
After Peter’s father died we found a handwritten poem in his files. We cannot find a source for it anywhere. We think he may have written it.
“The drum is silent now,
And the wind sighs
Where once they walked;
And the stars, which watched the valour of their days,
At each new dusk
Remembering the past, reminds us why we all have to work so hard for peace. My father and Peter’s father rarely talked about the war but when they did they both wanted us to know that war was a terrible thing that changed peoples lives forever. War was to be avoided. They never wanted us to experience anything but peace. But they also expressed their understanding that with freedom came responsibility.
Ursula Franklin, a holocaust survivor, physicist, feminist and pacifist said that “Peace is not just the absence of war, but the presence of social justice and the absence of fear”.
Today we pause to remember so that we understand the responsibility we all share to work towards a lasting Peace.
Lest We Forget