November 11th - a day of reflection. Remembrance day can mean different things to different people.
To some it is to mark Armistice Day and the peace treaty signed to end conflict during the first world war. To others it's a homage to all Canadians, those who have served or are serving in defense of their country and the greater good across the globe.
Having never been called on by my country to fight for our daily livelihood within my life time - it's difficult to fathom the supreme sacrifice those have made in the past. To leave home, cross the ocean, share a common brotherhood, clinging onto a 13lb wooden rifle, while knee deep in all trench warfare has to offer... I often wonder if Canadians of today would be so unselfish to give their all as they did on Vimy Ridge.
I've had the absolute pleasure of speaking with soldiers who fought and watched their brothers die on that hill called Vimy and they have since past away. They told tales of the "Maple leaf forever" being played on bag pipes as they would rush across no man's land... fuelling their adrenaline as they took the single hill no other nation could.
That's what Remembrance day means to me. To reflect on those stories and remember the day that not only was a hill taken... but a nation born. .