I’ve always appreciated that Canada and the States had one thing in common – they both remember and honour their fallen comrades.

Perhaps it’s recent events, perhaps it’s closer to home this year, but either way, I feel like this Remembrance Day holds more value than any of my previous years. Fort Hood may have been the first military base shooting on US soil, but the one thing I hope everyone learns from that experience is that our soldiers work hard and are pushed harder. These brave men and women have encountered things we civilians couldn’t imagine, let alone begin to understand, and it never goes away. They don’t have to be deployed.

To those of the present and years past: I remember. Be well. Be free. Thank you.

Poppies field image grabbed from the free stock photo website, Stock.Xchng and can be found here: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/815041