Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Remember with Gratitude


Here in Canada, November 11th is marked on the calendar as Remembrance Day. Now, I say marked on the calendar because it seems more and more that is what it is becoming just a day marked on a calendar. I imagine some other countries share November 11th as a day of remembrance, while others may have a different day for that same purpose. The date on the calendar doesn’t really matter, it is the significance of that day that is important and matters and more and more each year we do seem to be forgetting that.

Look at the lives we have today. We have the life we do, thanks to the sacrifice of so many veterans. Stop and think for just a moment a try to realize in your mind how different our lives would be today, had not so many brave young men and women stepped up when called upon by their countries. Think about it many sacrificed their own lives so we can live as we do today. Think about it, that is an absolute statement of fact. Many sacrificed their own lives so I can live the life I do today. How can I not but be grateful, how selfish of me would it be not to be grateful. At the very minimum, could I not observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00am on November 11th.. There is so much more we could be doing to thank and honor our veterans but at minimum is 2 minutes out of our year to much to ask for.

I think backand am embarrassed to admit to the times that I was somewhere and the 2 minutes of silence was requested. Thankfully, I was always respectful enough to observe this time and sat or stood quietly for that period. How grateful or how respectful was I really being. I stood still and kept my mouth shut for 2 minutes because that was what was expected of me. How often during that period though did my mind just bounce around thinking of my day at the time. The past few years have brought about a change in me and I realize how much I do own to so many. Is 2 minutes of my day once a year to much for me to “sacrifice” to show respect and gratitude to the many that in turn sacrificed their lives for me, I think not.

I need on occasion to remind myself, that this debt of gratitude is not just owned to veterans of years gone by. There are young men and women today, putting their lives on the line so that I may continue to live the life I do. This same gratitude has to extend to them.

I hate war or violence of any type and pray it could all be ended. But, let’s not loose sight of the fact that our military is where ever they are because our country sent them there. Agree with a war, or disagree with it as you choose but never loose the respect for the individuals, that we as a country send into harms way. They are there willing to pay the ultimate price in the service of their country. Individually, the so deserve our respect and gratitude.

I came across a song written and performed by Terry Kelly. “A Pittance of time”

It is a Government of Canada site. Please visit the site, watch the video or listen to the song. It only takes 2 minutes, such a pittance of time.

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5 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Remember with Gratitude

  1. Mel says:

    Very excellent song/video.

    And I’ll be participating–11/11 at 11am.
    Cuz……

    ((((((((((( Bill ))))))))))))

    thank you

  2. Quiet says:

    I think the loss of young lives is immensely tragic. My father was a WWII RAAF signaller and lost his cousin and best man in New Guinea and Germany respectively. He obviously knew many others whose lives ended or were changed irrevocably. He rarely spoke of these men. They were kept in his heart and memory.

    I want to grieve for the loss of life but not celebrate the wars. Many wars are not about liberty but trade/oil or fundamentalism. It is an important distinction, although the value boundaries and practical realities get really blurred.

    I will remember on the 11th of November.

    Hello Quiet, it is nice to hear from you and welcome. I totally agree a war is something to never be celebrated but those that gave their lives should be honored and remembered, good point.
    It does become very blurry when trying to determine the actual reasons wars are fought. Many if not most I know are for materialistic or fundamentalist reasons and that is just wrong. War is wrong period. I pray for the day when there will be no more wars, but wonder within myself if that is realistic. Taking it to a local level that is like praying for the day when local police are no longer needed. I will keep praying and someday…..
    Nice to hear from you
    Bill

  3. clary says:

    “I hate war or violence of any type and pray it could all be ended. But, let’s not loose sight of the fact that our military is where ever they are because our country sent them there. Agree with a war, or disagree with it as you choose but never loose the respect for the individuals, that we as a country send into harms way. They are there willing to pay the ultimate price in the service of their country. Individually, the so deserve our respect and gratitude.”

    I feel the same way and I have to say we should also remember that our military has a special calling, at least I realized that with my son’s decision to become a Marine. It takes a very courageous and giving person to do the sacrifices they do for humanity. It is the ultimately laying of their life for what they believe is truth.

    Clary you are so right, “t takes a very courageous and giving person to do the sacrifices they do for humanity”. All deserve our respect and gratitude. I can only imagine you are proud of your son. I will pray for his safety with all others.
    Bill

  4. Jo Hart says:

    I too Bill like yourself have spent many years, keeping my mouth shut for two minutes, while the mind is racing as to what I have to get to, or do next. I’d finish the two minutes silence and race off to the next thing without even a passing thought in that time of the soldiers that died for my freedom. It actually took me to watch a “War” movie of all things – Saving Private Ryan, to realize the depth of what these men did for us. Ever since, I spend my two minutes with those men in mind and thank them for my freedom today.
    I will be spending my two minutes on the 11th of 11th at 11 with much gratitude.

    Right on Jo

  5. Shawnna says:

    JUST WANT TO SAY HELLO TO YOU TODAY. I HOPE YOUR DAY IS A GOOD ONE AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOU OUT HERE IN SAN DIEGO, CA.
    SHAWNNA

    Hello to you Shawnna, it is nice to hear from you. Prayers are always appreciated.
    Bill

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