I am proud to be Canadian and so regardless of my aversion for war, today I honour those who fought and died for the freedom that we enjoy. I’m grateful for their sacrifice and for the vigilance of those who continue serve our country. Thank you!

The 48th High Scotland the Brave Bagpipes 1999 – Amazing Grace

On this day of remembrance I am humbled by the thought that so many of my fellow Canadians sacrificed their lives so that I can enjoy the freedom to live the amazing life that I do.

To every woman and man that gave their lives in defense of freedom and the country I call home, THANK YOU!

As we come together today to remember all those who have fought and died for our freedom, I sincerely hope that no one should ever have to again suffer or give their life because of another humans decision to wage war. We are now a maturing race, one that should be striving for enlightenment. We have no excuse for intolerance and certainly no need for war. We MUST find a peaceful solution to our differences. There is no longer an excuse for killing thousands of our own because of ideology or worse still ego or greed.

For everyone who has died, been wounded or disabled or who have been affected by the devastation of war… I hope you find peace.

For all who are bereaved… I hope you find comfort;

For those who are faced with mental, emotional or spiritual suffering because of the things they have endured… I pray you’ll find wholeness.

For all who are caring for the sick… I honour your selflessness.

For all who are working towards peaceful solutions to our indifferences… I wish you all the power of the universe.

For all who are in a position to lead our world in this new millennium, I pray that you will guide your actions and decisions by wisdom and compassion.

During our time of memorial today, may we be stirred in our sentiments and sympathies. May our gratitude for our freedom be rekindled. May we seek peaceful resolutions to strife around the world. May we accept each others cultures, customs and uniqueness and learn to appreciate each others differences, instead of hating them. May we learn to relinquish our fear, vanity, pride, greed and stubbornness so that we may never again inflict the pain of war on another human being.

A few years ago I was at the memorial service at Toronto General Hospital. I would like to share with you the poem that was read that morning. Thank you Derek S.

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left to grow old;

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them. Lest we ever forget.”

Namaste,

Chad

Lest we forget.

In Flanders Fields
by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.