Wednesday, November 10, 2010


 For many of us, well probably most of us, the idea of war is something that we see on the evening news that is happening in a far off country. We know that there are men and women from our county that are representing us and our best interests, but we are very much removed from the actual event. We also probably do not know many people that have been in a war. November 11 is a day for us to stop and REMEMBER. To thank those that have lost their lives and served their country for us to have the FREEDOM and PRIVILEGES that we do.

In  2007 Rob & I attended the Annual meetings of the Canadian Simmental Association in Ottawa. Part of our time there was a tour to the Canadian National War Museum.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit Ottawa, make this a part of your plans.  We only had a few hours there, but could have spent a couple of days.  The displays are wonderful.  It really makes you stop and think of the role that Canada has played as peace keepers and allies to our fellow countries.  It also makes you realize the losses that we have suffered.

On our recent trip to Australia, we again had the opportunity to visit their Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Although not as familiar with their history and the roles that they played in some of the same historical events as Canada, the messages were the same. Men and Women have given so much of themselves for the greater good and for their fellow citizens to enjoy PEACE and FREEDOM.

Tribute to an Australian Soldier that help wounded soldiers down to medical help with his donkey. 
He died just a few days into battle.
Wall of Remembrance for soldiers killed in the various wars Australia has been a part of

Memorial with eternal flame in Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia
So on November 11, please take a few moments to reflect on the quality of life that you have and why we enjoy the freedoms that we do.  If you know someone who is serving for their country, let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing.

Tim McGraw's song - If Your Reading This .......

If you're reading this
My Mommas sittin there
Looks like I only got a one way ticket over here
Sure wish I
Could give you one more kiss
And war was just a game we played when we were kids

I'm laying down my gun
I'm hanging up boots
I'm up here with God and we're both watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed
That it would go
And if you're reading this
I'm already home

If you're reading this
Half way around the world
I won’t be there
To see the birth of our little girl
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
Stand up for the innocent and weak

I'm laying down my gun
I'm hanging up boots
Tell dad I don't regret that I followed in his shoes

If you're reading this
There’s going to come a day
When you'll move on
And find some one else
And that's OK

Just remember this
I'm in a better place
Where soldiers live in peace
And angels sing amazing grace

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