Today is a day when my thoughts are always with my Dad. So many remembrances...not just November 11th, but his birthday on November 2 and his death in October of 1989. I would love to go to the Cenotaph for the ceremonies but I can't take the crowds.
This year large crowds are expected due to the recent murders of Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo.
Our hearts are heavy but Canadians are proud of our soldiers and their sacrifices for our country.
There was outrage this year when The Gap advertised a Remembrance Day sale. They were forced to apologise for their crassness; trying to use a day dedicated to the memory of our fallen warriors in order to make money. Totally unacceptable. Some provinces have this day as a statutory holiday. Ontario doesn't but I believe it should be across Canada and there is pending legislation that will hopefully pass.
So I pray that we all take a few moments to think about the ultimate sacrifice some have made for Canada and honour their memory. I will be watching the ceremony on Parliament Hill this year on television. It will be especially poignant due to the recent loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, shot down as he was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.