Poppies and crosses mark the graves of Soldiers. Source: Shutterstock
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A picture tells a thousand words. Words that could never adequately convey how war affects a soldier. Or how it affects their families. Or how it affects the world. The sacrifices, destruction, and patriotism could never be correctly written into sentences, no matter how hard we tried. In a tribute to Canadian veterans and veterans from around the world, we compiled a gallery of photos to remember. Because lest we ever forget, history may repeat itself.
Graves of Canadian soldiers during sunrise Infantrymen of “D” Company, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, with their Universal Carrier, which is inscribed “Germany Kaput – Italia Tutto Finito – Here We Come Canada”. – Library and Archives Canada A veteran embraces his service dog during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie General Roméo Dallaire, right, with moustache, and other Canadian peacekeepers with children at Kigali, Rwanda, June 1994. Photo courtesy of ROMÉO DALLAIRE Private Jack Bernard, B.C. Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles) saying goodbye to 5-year-old son Warren. New Westminster, B.C., 1940. The photo is called “Wait for me, Daddy”. Taken by Claude P. Dettloff Canadian prisoners of war in Hong Kong. Many died of starvation, disease, and brutal treatment. Canadian soldiers stand in respect for Remembrance Day Lance-Corporal W.J. Curtis of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.) bandages the burnt leg of a French boy whose brother looks on in Boissons, France. June 19th, 1944 Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Three soldiers of the 23rd Field Ambulance of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division place flowers on graves. June 1944. In the background is the church of Saint Georges de Basly. In the four temporary graves are a Scottish, a Canadian and two French civilians. Saint Georges de Basly, Normandy, France. Source: Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images Soldiers head towards shore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944 Canadian soldiers gather at a memorial to 72 fallen Canadian soldiers at a forward operating base in Panjwaii district. Memorial stones signifying the deaths of 72 soldiers were buried in a sunset ceremony in Ma’sum Ghar, Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Murray Brewster Canadian Second World War veterans during a ceremony on Juno Beach as part of D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations in N Canadian troopers prepare armoured vehicles for patrol near Kabul in 2003. Canada’s responsibilities grew as the Afghanistan mission progressed. Source: Legion Canadian Military History Magazine Squadron Leader Gareth Prendergast returned to RAF Marham, in Norfolk, after a six month stint flying Tornado fighter bombers over Afghanistan. Source: YouTube Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world with almost 12,000 graves. Source: The Globe and Mail
As we honour Remembrance Day, may I leave you with a few lines from the famous poem, In Flanders Field:
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.
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