For Your Tomorrow We Gave Our Today

When you go home tell them of us and say –
“For your tomorrow we gave our today”
~John Maxwell Edmonds from “The Kohima Epitaph” 

I’m unsure why the United States does not call November 11 Remembrance Day as the Commonwealth nations did over a century ago at the Armistice. This is a day that demands much more than the more passive name Veterans’ Day represents.

This day calls all citizens who appreciate our freedoms to stop what we are doing and disrupt the routine rhythm of our lives. We are to remember in humble thankfulness the generations of military veterans who sacrificed time, resources, sometimes health and well being, and too often their lives in answering the call to defend their countries.

Remembrance means
~never forgetting what it costs to defend freedom.
~acknowledging the millions who have given of themselves and continue to do so on our behalf.
~never ceasing to care.
~a commitment to provide resources needed for the military to remain strong and supported.
~unending prayers for safe return home to family.
~we hold these men and women close in our hearts, always teaching the next generation about the sacrifices they made.

Most of all,
it means being willing ourselves to become the sacrifice when called.

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.

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…
~LtCol (Dr.) John McCrae from “In Flanders Fields”

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4 thoughts on “For Your Tomorrow We Gave Our Today

  1. “In Flanders Fields”–a required memorization assignment in my 9th grade English class 70 years ago–I wept as I learned it–and it still moves me to inner grief.

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  2. Serious thoughts for this special day of remembrance for those who have fought and died to preserve our democratic form of government — that shining star that has been our pride and the hope of millions of people who still live under dictatorships, constant genocide and forced emigration from lands they
    have established roots for generations.. The recent planned insurrectionist attacks upon our government, refuting our democracy, and seeking physical harm to those whom we have elected to govern us. This recent planned rebellion, virulent hatred, racism, and anti-godliness along with the collapse of basic morality and humanity and the pernicious chipping away at our democratic ideals contain the seeds of rule by a one-person dictatorship (once again in the ‘wings,’
    waiting to make his entrance once again! Our nation, our government, as we know it — never perfect, but continually striving to do better, to see and try to correct our mistakes….
    We have become deeply ingrained among large, well organized and funded groups in our nation who show every intent of destroying the government, the nation, the citizens, and the bravery and honor of those who have died for the ‘dream’ that our immigrant ancestors had now four hundred years ago. If we fail to read the ominous signs, and listen to the angry virulent hatred in the constant rhetoric of those whose words and actions foretell the end for which so many have worked and died, we are doomed and may never be able to return to the
    country that we had!

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