It is my custom (as many others do) during the month of November to wear a red poppy all month long. It is a small reminder for me of all the men and women who have sacrificed themselves for those bigger ideals of democracy, freedom, and country. Yesterday a young man, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was murdered while standing guard at our nation’s National War Memorial. He was on ceremonial guard duty at a symbol of all those innumerable sacrifices made by people that helped to build our country into the nation it is today. He is now wrapped up forever in that symbol.
The soldiers who serve Canada don’t make the decision to go to war. But when the country says go – they go. They go for something bigger than themselves and they go for all of us. That is why every November it is right and proper that we remember that dedication and the sacrifices it involves by wearing a red poppy.
I’ve been blessed to have a husband who served in the Canadian Army for over 28 years and to have two sons currently serving in the Army reserves. I’ve seen their dedication and personal sacrifice up close and experienced first hand what families experience when they are left behind on the ‘home front’. I lived through many deployments and have always felt the closeness and support of the military family. And yesterday that family was really hurt and shaken by Cpl. Cirillo’s murder.
The torch your falling hands let go, Was caught by us, again held high,
I found a poppy this morning, left over from last year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. I know (in a small way) what that poppy costs and I put it on – because my November starts today.