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.