Why Wear A Poppy?

Thanks to Oakville Councillor Jeff Knoll for posting this video on Facebook.  Remembrance Day is November 11th every year and we should do our best to remember every day.

Thanks for posting this Jeff.

Happy Canada Day Milton

Thank you to everyone who came out to the annual Veterans Breakfast at Victoria Park this year.  Every year the Knights of Columbus hosts a pancake breakfast in honour of our veterans.  Its not just on Remembrance Day that we honour those who have fought for our country, those who returned and those who didnt, and it couldnt have been a more perfect day to do so.

MPP Ted Chudleigh (pictured here) as well as Halton MP Lisa Raitt joined members of council Mayor Gord Krantz, Clr’s Greg Nelson (who did some of the cooking) Colin Best, veteran Rick Malboeuf and myself to honour those brave heroes, who without their efforts we wouldnt be able to stand proudly and celebrate our freedom that many take for granted.

After the breakfast there was a brief remembrance ceremony at the cenotaph followed by a parade of veterans leading us to the gates of the Milton fairgrounds.  It was heartwarming to see the support of the community as they marched along with the veterans, applauding them and thanking them for their service.

We then assembled by the bandstand where those in attendance (including myself) reaffirmed our oath to Canada.  Normally there would be a swearing in ceremony for new Canadians, but this year its been done regionally and not locally.

After the formalities concluded, people by the dozens lined up for a piece of Canada Day cake and cupcakes to start off what was to be an amazing Canada Day in Milton.

Another big THANK YOU goes to the crew who organized the days events.  I know many of them personally and many, MANY hours went into preparation for this day and they should be thanked over and over for a wonderful day.  Great job!!

Lest We Forget

We will not forget.  We cannot forget our heroes past and present.  We will not forget those who still serve, those who made it back and those who did not.  We cannot and will not forget.  THANK YOU!

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
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.

Remembrance Day Parade

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a parade.  Hundreds of Miltonians thought so as well as Pat, Anthony and Miranda joined the crowd around the cenotaph by Milton Town Hall to celebrate and remember our fallen soldiers, the ones still serving and also those who have come back from combat.

It was great to see so many people come out to salute our veterans in this annual event.  Anthony made his way closer to the cenotaph so he could catch everything that was going on.  He’s quite proud of the fact he is taking part in his schools Remembrance Day ceremonies on Thursday and has been working hard getting his lines just right.  I couldn’t miss his face as he watched the parade make its way to the cenotaph when the members of the Royal Canadian Legion Milton Branch, Rotary Club, The Knights of Columbus and other organizations lined up on Charles Street to make their way up Main Street towards Victoria Park.

People lined Main Street and broke out into applause as our veterans lead the parade to the sounds of pipes and drums while kids stopped and saluted them.  The Army and Air Cadets were also in the parade followed by a troop of Beavers, Girl Guides and Scouts.

One of the most moving parts of the ceremony is when they read off the names of Miltonians who have fought and died for our country.  Someone remarked near me that they were blown away by the shear number of people that came from Milton who served our country and didn’t come back.

Martin Capper was there as well and put up some video on YouTube of the event and thanks to Jennifer who took the quick snapshot of yours truly as well.

This coming Thursday you can also join the veterans at Milton Evergreen Cemetery on Ontario Street (near EC Drury School) from 1045AM to about 1130AM for the official ceremonies on Remembrance Day.

Lest we forget.


Milton Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Sunday November 7, 2010 starting at 1:30PM.  Please join us as we celebrate Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Victoria Park cenotaph (at Milton Town Hall) and honour our fallen soldiers, our veterans and current members of Canada’s military force.

Please support the Royal Canadian Legion (Milton Branch 136) and buy a poppy from one of the many volunteers and show everyone that you will not forget their sacrifice that helps continue to make Canada and other countries around the world … free.

You can also join the official ceremonies on Thursday November 11th at the Milton Evergreen Cemetery starting at 10:45AM to 11:15AM (190 Ontario Street South) and join in celebrating our freedom.

Lest we forget.