Veterans Day/Remembrance Day – Honoring All Who Have Served

[courtesy Storeylines Press]

Every year I write a post about Remembrance Day (Canada and the Commonwealth Nations) and Veterans Day (United States).

I am always proud to honor soldiers across the globe. My two brothers served in the Canadian Armed Forces. My grandfather fought in WWII, and I have worked on several military bases.

Coming from a military background only reminds me how much it means to honor every soldier for their dedication and sacrifices.

Today I want to share my Mum’s book of poetry that was just released this week.

MEDALS AND MEMORIES – AND A PRAYER FOR PEACE” is a book that spans time and countries. It’s a book with perspectives from soldiers, family members, friends, and anyone who has a place in their heart for those who have, in many instances, paid the ultimate sacrifice.

My Mum has written all of these poems. However, when you begin to read them, you get the feeling you are precisely that soldier she writes about or that parent who grieves for their son who never returns from battle.

My parents have always had an uncanny connection to Gettysburg, PA, where the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) was fought during the Civil War. My Mum’s book has several poems about that battle. Each one has a sense of bravery, loss, and sorrow that are as true today as they were then. The battles might differ, but war’s deep and raw emotions remain the same.

I love my Mum’s writing, and I feel these poems are her most poignant words to date. From tears to smiles, I am not kidding when I say this book has such a way of taking you on the most thought-provoking journey.

The poem at the top of this post is from her book. Here is another one with Mum’s permission to share with you.

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY

Here I am in another land,

Lying beneath their soil.

Hell, I didn’t even speak their language,

But I had to come.

Knowing the freedom, I always took 

for granted had been wrenched

away from them forcefully,

brutally.

The anger at the injustice,

the horrors that I saw,

the faces of my buddies faded

as I felt the peace of my passing.

And look, someone is kneeling

and leaving a flower,

saying a prayer.

I haven’t been forgotten

After all.

If you would like to read more of Mum’s poems, please click on a link below, and it will take you straight to her book.

amazon.com

amazon.ca

amazon.uk

BarnesandNoble

Let us never forget those who gave so much in honor and duty to us all.

[courtesy https://nextnationalday.com/remembrance-day/%5D

[courtesy https://triangleonthecheap.com/%5D

 

**Thank you, Mum and thank you, Barbara, from Storeylines Press.

 

 

  12 comments for “Veterans Day/Remembrance Day – Honoring All Who Have Served

  1. November 11, 2022 at 11:15 am

    I bought a copy of your mum’s book and it arrived in time for Remembrance Day. I have been reading it today and the words are beautiful and truly let you see things from every perspective. Love it!

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    • November 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Michelle! Yes, her words have such a way of making you feel as if you are seeing it from the person’s POV. It draws you in! Cher xoxoxo

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  2. GP
    November 11, 2022 at 1:09 pm

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    • November 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, GP!! And thank you always for your continuous salute to veterans on both sides of the 49th parallel. I appreciate you immensely! Cher xoxoxo

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      • GP
        November 14, 2022 at 5:47 am

        Thank you, Cher. The feeling is mutual.

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  3. November 11, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    War is a nasty realm that when we are home sitting in front of the television, on our phone and word of mouth loses its essence of what really is going on. As in your mum’s poem, “The horrors that I saw. It’s not pretty. I have an empathic side to me and I can only imagine those horrors and it is nothing like viewing it first hand. Thank you mum for letting you share her poems here. What a way to honor every soldier. ❤

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    • November 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Joseph. Like you, I can only imagine those horrors. I will let her know. That is very thoughtful of you to say. Cher xoxoxo

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  4. November 11, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    ❤️

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  5. November 12, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    <3<3 <3… Thank you for sharing ❤ 🙏

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