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Evan Saugstad: How We Forget

November 11 is Remembrance Day and Lest We Forget is not an option.
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November 11 is Remembrance Day and Lest We Forget is not an option.

Red poppies pinned to one’s lapel, reciting Flanders Field in school, wreaths laid at the cenotaph, and flags lowered to half mast, all to ensure We Do Not Forget.

Standing at attention, outside in Canada’s cold northern air, trying not to freeze while listening to the solemn bugle of the Last Post, two minutes with not a sound, a piper’s melodic Lament, and the reciting of the Commitment to Remember, all done to ensure We Will Not Forget.

Remembrance Day is to remember those who sacrificed their lives so we may have better ones.

Remembrance Day is to remember all those that stood as one, side by side on the battle fields, as brothers and sisters, as they watched each other die.

Remembrance Day is to remember that all blood runs red, and no matter where they came from, what they believed, or where they went to church, they all died for us.

Remembrance Day is one day of the year that is not shared with any other, or We Will Forget.

Lest We Forget.


Evan Saugstad lives and writes in Fort St. John.