“if ye break faith with us who die”

November 10, 2006

tomorrow is remembrance day (armistice day, for those in other corners of the commonwealth). we remember the sacrifices that the soldiers of our countries have made on our behalfs.

november 11th is chosen as the date to remember, as it was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that the armistice between the central powers and the triple entente came into effect.

some refuse to wear the poppy, as they see it as a glorification of war. i disagree fundamentally with this point of view. stephen osborne tells us that “all war stories are lies, that the truth stays only with the dead.” we don’t remember our victories with the red flower, since holding earth is just that: holding earth.

in recent years, as the world has seen an increased amount of state-sponsored bloodshed (especially in canada, where our soldiers are being slaughtered on the plains of afghanistan), it is more important than ever to remember the horrors of war and to make a pledge to reject violence as an acceptable instrument of change.

tomorrow, no matter where you are at 11 o’clock in the morning, stop whatever you’re doing and take two minutes to remember that, as humans, we’re capable of so much more.

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One Response to ““if ye break faith with us who die””


  1. […] After reading my friend Michael’s post on Remembrance Day, I find myself rethinking the event. I can think of three different potentially valid understandings of its purpose: […]


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