According to Wikipedia, it is a day to ‘honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.’
Sitting here, my head is a confused mixture of Rilla of Ingleside, The Singing Tree, In Flanders’ Fields, To the Fallen, The Piper, and Treasury of War Poetry. I have no words… only many thoughts and a great emotion.
I’m thinking of the Jem Blythes of the world. The young men who heard danger threatened their beloved country and rose to fight for their history, their people, their land. I’m thinking of the Jems who went ‘radiantly, as to a high adventure,’* who joked about the hardship and made light of the horror and sent back only good news to the folks back home.
I’m thinking of the Walter Blythes of the world. The men who shrank in horror from the ugliness and depravity of battle, who longed for peace and beauty, but who went and fought to end the hideousness.
I’m thinking of the Shirley Blythes of the world, who went ‘in a cool, business-like mood, as of one doing something, rather dirty and disagreeable, that had just got to be done.’*
I’m thinking of the Martin Nagguys of the world, who fought because it was their duty, but whose hearts were back home and whose eyes saw horrible things that scarred them forever.
I’m thinking of the John McCraes of the world, who fought to save lives while others fought to kill… but who insisted on others coming forwards to hold the torch. I’m thinking of the multitudes of men who fought on, tired and broken. The men who ultimately laid down their lives for an Idea…
I’m thinking of what those men fought for. Freedom—love—beauty—peace. They gave everything they had. What are we doing with what they gave us?
Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.
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