We Remember

I remember…when I was 14, I wrote a poem for a  Remembrance Day contest.

November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada.

The day is also called Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day in other countries. It is a day to pause, remember and thank those brave people throughout our history and in the present who have fought and do fight for our freedoms.

They faced their fears so that we could live in a better world.

Ok…so back to this poem. I wrote the poem below when I was 14 for a contest. Yes, I won the contest. The thing was…while I did and do think my poem was pretty good, hardly anyone entered the contest so there wasn’t much competition. Very few kids my age seemed to really understand or ‘get’ what the whole day was about. That saddened and confused me a lot (still does).

But in my family, we have many family stories about our ancestors who did fight including my own grandfather.

It is very important to me that my own children know and remember the significance not just of the day but of the history of the major wars and all that includes.

We all go to a ceremony every year and here in Canada we wear a poppy not to glorify war, but rather to show our support and remembrance. The point is we remember in hopes of one day there is no more war anywhere in the world. To say Thank you.

So here is my poem…(remember I was a kid when I wrote it).

Grandfather
By: Heather E. Wilson
He marched bravely
off to war.
Thinking himself a
would-be hero.
He never expected to
his best friend to die
or to have his comrades
blood splattered on his face.
He thought the enemy
to be unfeeling
but their anguished
screams
haunted his sleep.
He thought to spit
in their face
instead he wept
at their feet.
He didn’t see the man
with the gun
or when it aimed
at his heart.
His death meant his children
though fatherless
could live a liberated life
and his grandchildren
would never know war.
Remember me
he whispered.
The soldier died
believing he had died
for his country, his children
and his grandchildren.
And, poppies grow
where his life’s blood
last flowed.

Do you have difficulty discussing war and Remembrance Day with your children?

My cousin Stephanie Innes has written two great children’s books that really help explain the world wars to kids from the point of view of a teddy bear.

The stories are fiction but are based on true  events and people in my family’s  history. Very very awesome books…and I’d say that even if we were not related.

Check them out.

A Bear in War

(World War 1)

Bear on the Homefront

(World War II)

Bear on the HomefrontPlease take a moment today to pause and thank those brave people all around the world who risk their lives every day for our protection and safety and freedoms (this includes not just soldiers but police, firefighters, medics, nurses, doctors, etc.)

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.