Every time I attend a Remembrance Day ceremony, I think about the young Canadians boys who volunteered for service in World War I, I think about the Canadian soldiers who fought to liberate Hong Kong in World War II, and I think about the families who lost their loved ones.
In 2011, I wrote the following poem to thank and honour the brave Canadian men and women who gave their lives to give us freedom.
Whom Are We Remembering?
When we gather
Each Remembrance Day,
Whom are we remembering?
Young boys who enlisted and died.
Their lives cut short,
Their dreams destroyed.
Intrepid soldiers killed in distant battlefields.
Their bodies buried in foreign soil,
Their valiant deeds forgotten.
Wounded soldiers in hospital beds.
Their limbs broken.
Their world shattered.
Prisoners of war held captive in prison camps.
Many of whom perished,
Many brutally tortured.
For those veterans fortunate enough to return home,
Their lives would never be the same.
They are forever scarred by the horrors of war.
To all these brave men and women
Who gave their lives to give us freedom,
We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
Let us not forget, however,
That war is not the solution to conflict;
Despite our outward differences,
We are all the same inside.
We crave love, peace
And a sense of belonging.
Let us make a pledge on this Remembrance Day:
To be merciful to each other.
When mercy is our guiding principle,
War will be no more.