They gave their todays for our tomorrows

Virden Ministerial column: Legion Branch No. 8 Padre Matt Koovisk

When you go home, tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow, we gave our today. –Kohima Epitaph

Peace is something that we know so well – we are blessed beyond all measure to live in a town that is so incredibly peaceful. Many of us are so used to it that we may even take it for granted that we live in peace.

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Remembrance Day is a time for us to step back and give thanks for the peace that we have been given by others, many of whom gave their “today” for our “tomorrow.”

It is our duty, as those who have been given that gift of tomorrow to remember those who gave their lives so that we may have the ultimate gift of peace. We remember them not to glorify the sacrifices they made for friends they never knew, but to remind us that the peace we have been given has come at a cost to others.

This cost was paid by those who fought for freedom in the multiple wars and peacekeeping conflicts – both those who died in the service of their country and those who returned home. It is our duty to remember those who gave their lives so that we too may not forget the atrocities of war.

I invite you to join us at the Aud on Monday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Come and remember those who gave their tomorrows for our todays. Come and remember those who are close to you that have made sacrifices so that we may have today in peace.

Come and remember that through their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of friends we never knew, we have been given our todays.

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