This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I. It also marks Poppy Day - Remembrance Sunday - in the UK. My regular bloggers will know that I celebrate this day every year in honor of my father - and all of those who have lost their lives saving their country.
So many of us choose to celebrate Poppy Day - or Veterans Day on Tuesday - to recognize the lives of those we have lost - and those who continue to fight to protect our freedom.
I got a text from Russ today. He and Rach had been to the Cenotaph for the Remembrance Sunday service. I remember doing that with my father every year until I left home. It was the one day of the year that made my father emotional. Every year he was determined to recognize - and honor - his fallen comrades. It was incredibly important to him to do that. I do this blog post as a way to continue that tradition.
I received a text from our dear friend R today and it really struck an emotional note with me, especially as I was finishing up the cards for Operation Quiet Care as part of the 2014 Cards for a Cause card drive. I had chosen today to finish up my cards and add them to the others that I had received.
R & R go to the Cenotaph every year to listen to the Remembrance Sunday service. His text quoted the sentiment "for your tomorrow, we gave our today" and his comment was that it was really important for us to remember those people - even though we didn't know them. How true is that....
It's amazing to me that we collected nearly 400 cards for Operation Quiet Care this year. 400 cards to be sent to troops who were injured or became sick whilst serving their country. I'd like to give a huge shout out to Colleen T who created 250 cards specifically for this organization. Colleen sat, whilst her hubby watched, and both of them sent their own thanks and honored each recipient with every single card. It epitomized R's comment about honoring those soldiers even though we never knew them.
As I do every year, I will finish this post with the sentiment on the Kohima Memorial in Burma.