We remember and give thanks…

Today in Canada, as we have since 1919, we are observing Remembrance Day. It is at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that we are asked to pause and have a moment of silence in recognition of those men and women who have lost their lives in military service to their country. We honor and pay tribute to those who have fallen in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and forward to the War in Afghanistan, and in all Canadian peacekeeping missions around the world. Poppies are worn as a symbol of this remembrance.

In the United States of America it is Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, it is a day to honor military veterans — those who have or are serving in the armed forces. It is a time to give thanks for their service and the sacrifices they have made.

If you see a veteran today, extend your hand. Say thank you. Show your appreciation for their service in some small way. They won’t be expecting that, but it’s the right thing to do.

I take this moment to remember my two uncles who served in the Navy, and my mother-in-law and father-in-law who were both marines. They are gone now, but I remember their service on this day.

To Mr. G honey (USAF), my brother-in-law and uncle (USMC) and my adopted soldiers (USArmy) through Soldiers’ Angels, I thank you for your service and sacrifices. You mean so much to me.

To all veterans, and their families, I give thanks for your courage and sacrifices and honor you this day.