This page is dedicated to and in remembrance of all the men and women who have served their countries in times of war and of peace. We, who enjoy the safety and freedoms you so valiantly, fought to maintain, appreciate all that you have done.

To the families of those who fought and never returned, I am so sorry for your losses and sincerely hope that there is some comfort in knowing that your loved ones died in a righteous fight to maintain democracy, freedom and our way of life. I thank you all for your sacrifices.

 

 

       

I am both honoured and proud to pay tribute here to the dedicated service of my father-in-law, Lance Corporal Curtis J. Syvret and to his comrades, who served with the Royal Canadian Engineers from 1942 – 1946. L.C. Syvret was stationed in Italy, Holland, France, and Great Britain. Upon his return to Canada, he continued to serve our nation for an additional year, when he entered the Montreal Provo Corps. (Known as the Royal Military Police). During his distinguished military service, he was awarded; The Italy Star, The France and Germany Star, The 1939 - 1945 Star, The War Medal (1939 -1945) and The Voluntary Service Medal. Recently, he was bestowed the Netherlands Medal which he was proud to accept.

 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

In Flanders Fields
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
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.

 

 

They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them .
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them!

-- Lawrence Binyon

 

"War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always."

-- Author Unknown

When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
--
Scene 2, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

I have fought a good fight
I have finished my course
I have kept the faith.
-- Timothy 2:4:7

 

 

Alone and far removed from earthly care
The noble ruins of men lie buried here.
You were strong men, good men
Endowed with youth and much the will to live
I hear no protest from the mute lips of the dead.
They rest; there is no more to give.
So long my comrades,
Sleep ye where you fell upon the field.
But tread softly please March o'er
my heart with ease
March on and on,
But to God alone we kneel.

Audie Murphy

 

 

Washington, November 21, 1864

To Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Mass.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.

Yours very sincerely and respectfully,

A Lincoln

 

 

DECORATION DAY
By Henry Wadsworth Lonqfellow

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentrys shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannons sudden roar,
Or the drums redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

 
 

 
 

        

Thank you to all who contributed graphics to this section in remembrance.

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

     

 

 

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