Every year, November 5 to 11 is Veterans’ Week, an opportunity for Canadians to honour the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of our veterans. Remembrance Day, November 11, marks the final day of Veterans’ Week and recalls the end of hostilities during the First World War on that date in 1918. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians gather wherever they are and observe a moment of silence to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty and to recognize their service to our country.
I have been watching the progress of the Fields of Crosses Memorial Project in Kelowna’s City Park over the past week. The Field of Crosses features 240 white crosses that commemorate local Canadian Armed Forces personnel who died for our countries freedom.
The field is set up to allow people to walk among the rows of crosses that contain the name, rank, age, and date of death of each of our local fallen heroes.
It will definitely be a different Remembrance Day for us, not only are we home (which has only happened twice in the last seven years) but we are also unable to attend the ceremonies at City Park because of COVID. Instead we will listen to a service on a local radio station, which is what we do every year when we are south for the winter. While it would be much nicer to attend a service in City Park, we will still be able to recognize the day and send our prayers to all who have fallen, all who have served, and to their families who stand behind them.
Someone sent me the picture below when our son was on his second tour in Afghanistan and it stuck with me because it is exactly how I felt, and I’m sure how every other mother of a soldier feels or has felt.
Some people wonder they have made a difference in the lives of others…. A soldier never has to.