We remember you. You who fought for our freedom. You, the Canadian who represented a nation who champions a better, safer world.
My good friend’s son joined The Canadian Armed Forces very recently. I remember when he first told me about his hopes of becoming a soldier and asked if I might be a reference for him. (We are rather close) I’ve known him since he was just a wee boy. When the call came in to speak to his character as a human — one who would put himself in harms way in the name of Country and freedom, peacekeeping — there was no doubt in my mind that this young man was made for this. There was a reason that this was his dream. It takes a very special person to make this sacrifice, to be away from family and work as a part of a collective built around honour and strict lifestyle.
The questions put to me by the CAF were quite simple, yet so telling. My answers, in brief:
He is strong.
He is smart.
He is kind.
He is fearless.
After the CAF call ended, I dialed his mother, that call went something like this:
me: “Are you OK? This is all very real all of a sudden.”
her: “This is what he wants to do. I’m scared……….and yet I am proud.”
This is that young man today:
Brave are men and women who join our Canadian Forces and stand ready to protect our freedoms. Brave are the families who deal with the fear of their loved ones in harm’s way.
Today is Remembrance Day. We remember all of our fallen soldiers — Lest We Forget — while also honouring our soldiers of today.
Thank you. Thank you all men and women in uniform.
Did you know that Claire served? Thank you Claire.