On this blog, author Leanne (Willetts) Dyck reviews books, shares her short stories, offers online author readings, and comments on her author journey. Leanne writes for adults and children. Her long-term goal (five years) is to be published by a large, established publishing house. Her short goal (one year) is to earn one million page views for this blog. Please help nurture this blog by visiting and sharing.
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. Last year, 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. (This is a re-posting from last year. I couldn't think of a better way to remember.) 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
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
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)
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.
"knitting one of my first sweaters"
photo by a niece
Next post: Back to my knitting... The Lure of Yarn (short story) a cautionary tale of how easy it is to cast on.