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Remember

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Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country. Today I remember that many men and women have selflessly volunteered their lives to protect our people and the oppressed people around the world.

I am always incredibly proud to be Canadian, but this year I feel even more appreciative of the true north strong and free. Given everything that’s happened this week, my love for Canada is at an all time high. I would be naive to think that the new US President won’t affect my country – the leader of the free world impacts the entire world, and I am heartbroken at the result of the election. I know that in a corporate setting it is the leadership that sets the tone and culture for the entire organization. And with a country, it is the leadership that sets the tone and culture for the entire nation. It starts at the top. And for that tone to be of hate and intolerance is extremely disheartening and scary. I just want everyone to have the same rights, privileges and freedoms that I enjoy, and I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t want this. I don’t know what’s going to happen and unfortunately I do think we’re in some weird, dark times… But I am thankful to live in a country with a leader who embodies inclusiveness, tolerance, kindness, freedom, love and acceptance, and who values everyone of all religions, races, genders, and sexual orientation. I truly hope that Canada is able to continue to set this example for the world.

Today please remember that there are so many people who have and will continue to give everything to stand up for you.

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I Remember

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Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country.

I am always incredibly proud to be Canadian, but this year I feel even more appreciative of the true north strong and free. The recent tragic deaths of our soldiers Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent touched us all, from coast to coast, and brought everyone together in a way that…I don’t know, I can’t even describe. It hit close to home. It doesn’t happen here. Nathan Cirillo’s murder was exceptionally sad, because he was so young, a single father to his son and also several rescue dogs, and generally just seemed like a great, normal guy.

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He did not deserve to have his life taken while guarding our National War Memorial. That is such a horrific thing.

If you are not Canadian you may have missed what our Highway of Heroes (history of the Highway of Heroes at that link) looked like when they brought Nathan Cirillo’s body from the National War Memorial in Ottawa to his home in Hamilton. But even if you did see…see again. These images are so incredibly powerful.

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(all photos from here)

I can’t look at them without tearing up, thinking of everyone taking the time out of their day to come together and honour a stranger. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a country where its citizens will gather to honour someone they’ve never met. It is fitting, as veterans have done the same for us – fought for us, strangers, so that we can live a better life.

So thank you to our veterans, including my very favourite D-Dad, who bravely fought in Europe during WWII.

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The last picture of me and my D-Dad.

He was able to see his children grow up and meet his grandchildren. But so many others were not so lucky.

So yes, lest we forget. I am wearing my poppy proudly today. The least I can do is remember.

Some recent links of interest:

Honouring the life of Nathan Cirillo – via CBC

“In my mind Nathan will be standing on guard for us always” – via Maclean’s

Ottawa Shooting: The face-to-face encounter that ended the attack on Parliament – via CBC (this is INSANE! It sounds like a movie! Kevin Vickers is a hero)

Remembering fallen soldier Patrice Vincent – via Huffington Post

Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs gather at National War Memorial – via CBC (this touched my heart)

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Lest We Forget

rd-01I am thinking of my amazing grandfather (D-Dad as I called him) today and remembering all the wonderful things he did for our country (as well as our family).

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Thank you to all the brave men and women who fought for our country. Lest we forget!

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