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It only takes one person

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. How wonderful that we should both be saying Thank You on the same day to the wonderful people who have given so much to ensure our freedom.

Although I was unable to attend the ceremonies in Ottawa I thought I'd like to offer a small story to show just how powerful one gesture can be.

Each year Canadians purchase and wear artificial poppies in memory of those who have died in wars. In November 1921 the first of these poppies were distributed in Canada .

In 2000 the tomb of the unknown soldier was installed at the foot of the Cenotaph in Ottawa.

During the official ceremony, strict protocal was followed but when it ended, someone in the huge crowd went to the tomb of the unknown soldier and placed their poppy on it. That person was followed by hundreds more and now, just 11 years later it has become almost a part of the ceremony

It's so amazing to see what just one person can do - what kind of impact we can have on those around us.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ICANINSIGHT 11/12/2011 8:58PM

    Nice! Thanks for posting this, Bernadette.

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FITFABME2 11/12/2011 12:46AM

    Impressive! Wow!! What a great tradition and thanks for sharing this bit of Canadian history I'd never learned.


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HARROWJET 11/11/2011 10:11PM

    Thank you for sharing. I watched the Ottawa ceremony on TV.

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/11/2011 4:45PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and thoughts with us Bernadette.

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KNITTABLES 11/11/2011 4:04PM

    Every year they put on a short parade to honor and celebrate this day. I can view it from the comforts of my living room and stay warm and dry. Thanks for sharing.

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IAMWINNING 11/11/2011 2:39PM

    I'm glad our two countries celebrate the men and women and their sacrifices to ensure our freedoms. Thank you for sharing this poignant story, Bernadette.


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KATHRYNLP 11/11/2011 1:58PM

    Lest We Forget... emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/11/2011 1:48PM

    Thanks for sharing I am from England and fro Armistice day we all wore our poppies. The day was celebrated first at the end of the first World war dubbed 'The war to end all wars" alas that was never fulfilled for humankind. The Poppy was symbolic of Flanders fields in France. As a child I was told the poppies failed to grow again after the battle because of the blood shed there. I loved what you witnessed in Ottawa. Thanks for sharing. Pat in Augusta Maine U.S.A. Formerly born and raised in England.

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AVROIEN 11/11/2011 1:28PM

  Thank You for Sharing. Veterans day has always been so special and to know that we share it with Remembrance Day makes it all that more special.

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LUXITTA 11/11/2011 1:15PM

    Beautiful pictures!

Happy remembrance day!


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