Saturday, November 11, 2017

Guest Post: A. J. Willetts (my dad) on Remembrance Day

After my dad's death (on December 11, 1999), I searched for his writing. I found one speech and carefully tucked it away in a journal. Just this week, I was hunting for something else and found my dad's words--and I knew I had to share them with you. He delivered this speech on November 11, 1996, to veterans, members of the legion and guests.

My dad wrote...


(my dad giving a speech--circa the 1980s)

The closing words of every legion meeting.


At the going down of the sun
And in the morning we will
Remember them.

We will remember them--for they were our schoolmates. They were the kids we played with--the people we worked with.

After fifty years we remember them and the debt we owe.

We remember not only those who gave their lives but those who came home broken, wounded, scarred--both on the inside and the outside.

We remember our comrades and the price they paid for us and for Canada--

And we remember the thousands and thousands of others who paid--

The mothers and babies
The little kids
The young people
Mothers and fathers
And the old people
the grandparents

All those who died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They paid--they paid the price for us. They bought our freedom.

Don't think about the horrible price they paid--it's too awful, too terrible.

But remember them we must--and in our remembering let our hate and revulsion for war grow stronger and stronger until we join with all the people of the world to end this terrible curse of war--until that great day dawns may we ever pray

Lord God of Hosts
Be with us yet
Lest we Forget, Lest we Forget


(the radar base in northern Newfoundland where my dad served during WWII)

More...

Please click this link...

Remembering Them on Remembrance Day

to read my Remembrance Day inspired short story as well as more of my dad's writing.




Next post:  Sunday, November 19 at 5 PM PT
Rainbow Ice cream (short story)
Think back to your childhood. Where did you first go all by yourself? What did you spend your allowance on? How did it make you feel? Reminisce along with me.




4 comments:

Darlene said...

It´s great you still have your father´s speech. I like how he included everyone, not just the soldiers. I also read the story you posted in 2013 which was also very good. You might want to check out the poem my great-granddaughter recited on my blog. It is amazing how all generations get involved in Remembrance Day.

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your comment, Darlene. And for directing me to your blog https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — The fact that you still have your dad's speach—a treasure in and of itself—astounds me. How cool is that?! Like Darlene, I was particularly touched by his INCLUSION of everyone who was touched, not just the soldiers.

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your kind words regarding my dad's speech, Laurie.