are the silent ones amongst us whose existence passes barely noticed
except for a season of colour in November. Then they are clothed
in green laurels and little red artificial flowers, symbols of real
flowers in fields a long way off from the peaceful valley of the
sentinels. The sentinels stand and serve through the seasons and
years, some benefit from friends amongst them who care, others suffer
the indignities of time, all stand in witness that is mute to the
ear but sounds clearly in the sympathetic heart. Their durable skins
bear the names of beings far less durable than themselves whose
memorial is their sole duty. These are some images of these sentinels
amongst us, who speak to us… when we listen, in a voice tinged
with melancholy and pride.
of thousands of Canadians have served in our army, navy and air
force in the two world wars, Korea and in peace-keeping operations
- many never returned to Canada. Canadians continue to serve in
our armed forces all over the world today and sadly some continue
to pay the ultimate price of service to their country.
will remember them!