Remembrance

Remembrance

Shalom!
The eleventh hour,
The eleventh day,
The eleventh month,
Tumult paused,
The guns fall silent,
This is Armistice Day,
Two minutes,
Two minutes in busy lives,
Remembering,
Those who gave,
Made the ultimate sacrifice,
And the wounded,
All who served,
Willingly,
Generously,
For our freedom.
We do not celebrate war,
The barbarian acts,
Man’s cruelty to fellow man,
His greed and self-seeking,
This is a moment of thanksgiving,
Gratitude,
To all the brave,
Those who gave their all for us,
The price they gladly paid.
Let it not be in vain,
May we too value life,
 Freedom,
All that cost so dear,
Make our lives,
A memorial,
A fitting tribute,
 To valour,
Endeavour and sacrifice.
Shalom!
Patrick R.
November 2009

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