the brave men and women who lost their lives in the World Wars and other places around the world?
those who are presently serving in Afghanistan and other trouble spots?
those peacekeeping troops whose tour of duty takes them away from their families for months at a time?
the reporters who are killed in the front lines?
those veterans who return injured; maimed for life?
the innocent children, men and women killed because they live where evil grips their land?
the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons whose hearts are forever broken when they lose someone to war?
the veterans who return whole but scarred for life with memories that haunt?
the families who never know when the dreaded knock will come to their door?
the young men and women still enlisting; ready to serve others, to sacrifice their lives for freedom, democracy and peace anywhere in the world?
Will you remember and bow your head for a moment of silence?
Will you thank God for the bravery and heroism of these men and women who volunteered in order to protect the innocent and their homeland?
Will you thank God for them as we remember?
May we never forget.
Joanne Rawluk writes from Gypsumville, Man.