A Sincere Tribute

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

– John McCrae

Remembrance Day in Canada is fast approaching and it is a time when our thoughts turn to the brave men and women who fought for our country during World War I and World War II.  We owe all those courageous souls a sincere debt of gratitude.

The other common name for this day is Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I. on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.

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You Raise Me Up So I Can Climb On Mountains

 

(You Raise Me Up…..Sung by Paul Byrom with the group, Celtic Thunder in 2010.)

“You raise me up so I can walk on Mountains

You raise me up to walk on stormy seas

I am strong when I am on your shoulder

You raise me up to more than I can be!” written by Secret Garden‘s Rolf Løvland

I truly love this wonderful inspirational song that was written in the year, 2002 and has been recorded by over 100 other artists.

The words are so true that when we are down and very weary from life’s problems there comes one amazing friend to lift us up.  I can honestly admit that I have been so very fortunate to have had and continue to have such a friend.  Oh how lucky am I?

Many times our friends work so hard to reassure us, to be there for us, to give their all!  Many times they give so much that they drain themselves and then they in turn need some reinforcement.  These wonderful friends can be few and far-between so we must cherish them.

There are also times when we draw strength from these friends and forget that they as well have burdens; that they are becoming depleted of their strength.  They are facing problems that they don’t speak of in order to keep us comforted and strong.  Hopefully we will recognize this and turn around to lift them up.

True friendship is a ‘give and take’ opportunity. True and close friendship is such a gift.

I pray that my friend knows that their strength means the world to me and will always be returned whenever it is needed.

“You raise me up so I can stand on mountains”!  My friend, you have!

 

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The Price and The Pride

I love this particular bridge and all that it stands for.   Although it is thousands of miles away from where I live I am always so thrilled and proud to be visiting Londonderry, Northern Ireland to walk across this amazing landmark and symbol of peace.

This beautiful Peace Bridge, which was recently built and opened to the public on June 25th, 2011 has been the latest attempt to bring Catholics and Protestants of this small country together in harmony with each other.

I visit my family  as often as I can fly over and each time I come they want to take me on a walk across the famous Peace Bridge of Derry; their pride and joy!  The days I’ve walked across have been cool enough to need a good warm jacket and I have to be sure to have my camera in hand!  What an experience.

The troubles that have existed for years and years are much less now and I am so thankful.  The people are wonderfully friendly, loving their music and inviting pubs.  The many shops offer so many memorabilia and tourists could so easily pack a suitcase with nothing else but souveniers and I’ve almost done on many occasions.

The Peace Bridge spans across the River Foyle from Guildhall Square on the west bank to Ebrington on the east bank.  Although the Catholics and the Protestants continue to live largely separate lives, Derry is a place of increasing prosperity and it’s a place where the people of the city want peace.

I am so proud of my heritage and look forward to the summer when I can again walk across this wonderful bridge; a symbol of a very proud and peaceful people!

 

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