As poppies grow may we never forget

Published on November 11, 2021

Remembrance Day is a day of gratitude 

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

 

In memoriam, may we never forget the sacrifices made and never take for granted the liberties won. As poppies grow may we never forget.

This year the Royal Canadian Legion is marking the 100th anniversary of the poppy as the symbol of Remembrance in Canada. It has unveiled a striking digital art piece “The Immortal Poppy” and you can learn more about the Legion’s celebration at www.legion.ca.     

At Queen’s Park, the Ontario Government introduced legislation that promotes the voluntary observance of Remembrance Day in recognizing the extraordinary courage and profound sacrifice made by Canadians who gave their lives in our military service. This new legislation enshrines a person’s right to wear a poppy in their workplace.

Locally, to mark the flower’s 100th anniversary and support the Legion’s annual poppy campaign, the Dunrobin Women's Institute has generously provided the Renfrew Legion Branch 148 with a gift of 150 knitted poppies.

Wearing a poppy has become a significant symbol of respect for Canadians who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our liberties and democracy. To those who came before us, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Through the years we have displayed a poppy to not only honour Canada’s storied past but also to reflect on our present-day good fortunes. It is so important that we continue to recognize and value the tremendous costs of our peace and freedom.

In Kanata-Carleton we are very fortunate to host two active Legion Branches as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command. Legion members are to be commended for their volunteer services in our community and for the fine example they set for us all in demonstrating the core values of civic duty.

As your MPP representative, I am honored to take part in our community’s Remembrance Day activities. It was Sir Winston Churchill who observed, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” As a Canadian who has grown up in this wonderful City of Ottawa, I have great appreciation and a reverence for those who came before us and fought for our country and way of life.

Wear your poppy with pride. On November 11th take time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to be grateful for the life we enjoy in a free and safe country.