Remembering Those Who…

Remembering those who …served, saved, were kind, generous and loving, and who inspired us in some special way.

There are so many good things to remember, and so many wonderful people to recall memories of in our lives.

Especially at this time of year our focus turns to all those who gave their lives in service to our country and its people, as well as all those who still serve and protect us.

On Saturday the 11th of November – the 11th month – at 11:00 a.m., the exact time when World War II ended, Cenotaphs across our land will be surrounded by veterans who served in wars and in peace-keeping. They are men and women who deeply care about this beautiful land called Canada, and the rights we enjoy here that offer us the freedom to choose how we want to live – within the laws of the country. They chose to serve …us.

Take a moment to reflect on what your freedom means to you, your family and friends. Think about the courage and dedication, as well as the suffering, of all those brave men and women who have gone before us in order that we may live freely. And, those who still serve in order to protect us all.

Our military veterans took up the pledge to serve and protect, and yet many did not return to their families. Many others came home injured and even handicapped by loss of limbs, or other abilities. So many of these brave souls return to us having seen horrors that we who live blithely in freedom don’t even want to think about.

Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or Disorder (PTSS/D), is a condition born by too many of those who serve, including those who serve right here at home, in policing, fire-fighting and emergency situations.

Thankfully, more, and more effective, treatment is being offered to those who are dealing with PTSS.

While focus rightfully belongs on all military and municipal service personnel this Saturday, at the same time I will be serving others who endure PTSS. They/we are the adult survivors of childhood abuse. They/we are the ones who also had to witness horrors, walk on eggshells, and endure emotional, physical and sexual abuse. They/we suffered in our formative years, and our suffering was not our choice.

Blessedly, many with PTSS are now getting the help they need, both military and civilians.

Here in Canada we are truly blessed to live in freedom – to go about our daily business without fear.

Make time to give thanks for your hard-earned freedom – a precious gift – given to you by others.

At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, please …STOP what you are doing, and give thanks.

Please …Pause to Remember Them.

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