National Day of Service and Remembrance 2019 is on Wednesday, September 11, 2019: What are you doing to commemorate the first National Day of Service and Remembrance to 0bama?

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 is National Day of Service and Remembrance 2019. ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships National Service Opportunities September 11th - National Day

What are you doing to commemorate the first National Day of Service and Remembrance to 0bama?

Please tell they are not going to have a National Socialist Day in America******************

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Remembrance day poppy help?

Remembrance day poppy help?

Check with your local VFW to make sure it's okay to put a poppy on a US uniform.

And if it is, then by all means go for it.

It's not disrespectful to Canadians, by any means. (I'm Canadian, I come from a military family and I checked with all my relatives who're Veterans.)

Now please indulge me for a bit. I'm going to ramble, then get to a very important point.

"Holiday" really isn't the best word to describe Remembrance Day here in Canada.

Think of it more like an annual, national funeral service: A day of mourning and sombre reflection when we Canadians solemnly & formally honour our Fallen and the sacrifices of our Veterans.

Plus a Canadian wrote what's arguably the world's most influential war poem, "In Flanders Fields".

Every school kid up here learns it, and every citizen recognizes it immediately:

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields."

The author, Lt. Colonel John MacCrae, didn't survive the war. But that poem is eternal.

The way I was raised, I take not breaking faith as a personal responsibility.

Judging by the size of the crowd I was surrounded by at the Remembrance Day services I attended this morning - in pouring rain that turned to sleet then to snow - I'm hardly alone in that.

And it was a scene repeated in every town and city nationwide: Crowds enduring nature's wrath because we have to.

We have to because those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them and we sure as hell never want to repeat the horrors & heartbreak that resulted all the times others forgot:

"during those 96 days the Canadian Corps' four over-strength or 'heavy' divisions of roughly 100 000 men, engaged and defeated or put to flight elements of forty-seven German divisions, which represented one quarter of the German forces faced by the Allied Powers fighting on the Western Front."

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That's why we make such a huge deal out of Remembrance.

And not just on Remembrance Day, but whenever Canada goes to war:

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I'm sorry for rambling on about this stuff, but the more you know the better you'll understand it.

And if you can truly understand, you'll understand how sincerely I mean (and how deeply I feel) what I'm about to say next:

"Honour" is just a word to those without any. So is "Decency" and "Humanity".

The fact you wish to honour all those for whom the bugles play Last Post on Remembrance Day in nations around the world and Veteran's Day there in the US proves you have all three, in spades.

I don't know you, but I know you were clearly born right and raised right.

Whether you realize it or not, you've caught that torch and are holding it high.

Know it, because you've proved it by your actions.

Know too that you've just been saluted by 7 former and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces:

One WW2 Veteran, one Korean War Veteran (my father, who fought at Kapyong), one Medak Veteran, and four Veterans of the Afghan War.

And your simple gesture of respect will never be forgotten. I'll personally make sure nobody in my family forgets the day one of our American neighbours stepped up and proved everything that's good and right about the United States of America.

God bless you, God bless America, and God bless all those who've fought and are fighting to make this world a better place.

Lest We Forget.

Has or does Obama plan to call for a "Day of Service" on 9/11?

Has or does Obama plan to call for a "Day of Service" on 9/11?

It is called the National Day of Service and REMEMBRANCE, with its stated goal being: "to honor the 9/11 victims and their families, first responders and rescue and recovery workers, the soldiers who have take up arms to defend our freedom and safety, and the many volunteers who spontaneously contributed their efforts in the immediate aftermath of 9/11."

Said one 9/11 family member:

"As a 9/11 family member, I cannot think of more inspiring, appropriate and constructive tribute to my late brother and all those who perished, were injured or rose in service – to rekindle at least for one day each year the remarkable spirit of compassion and service that unified our country."

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