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WHY WE REMEMBER

By November 9, 2014 2 Comments
Remembrance Day Soldier

Remembrance Day Soldier

There were over 37 million soldiers and civilians casualties during what is known as “The Great War.” 16 million deaths and over 20 million wounded give WWI the dubious distinction of being one of the bloodiest wars in history.

Approximately 63,000 of the dead were Canadians.

My grandfather, Percy Atkins, fought for Canada at Paschendale in 1917.

Slide1The last soldier to die in WWI was a Canadian, Private George Lawrence Price, killed by sniper fire just two minutes before the Armistice took effect at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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Canada’s Freedom Gives Us Reason To Remember

My uncle Jack fought for Canada in WWII with the Canadian Air Force.

The World Wars were a turning point in our nation’s history. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the air, on land and at sea along with millions more contributing on the home front.

All of them stood strong for freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

The Ultimate Sacrifice Gives Us Reason

I’ve met many military personnel while serving as a pastor in Edmonton.

Most of them have served in Afghanistan, some on more than one tour.

A few years ago, one such acquaintance was given the honorable task of accompanying his best friend’s body home to Canada – his friend was killed battling the Taliban. He accompanied the body to his home town and to his parents and then to the graveside.

Over a cup of Tim Horton’s he shared with me through tears how often his own life had been endangered.

He couldn’t help but think of what might have been had he been the one that was killed.

Slide1Friends Serving Today Give Us Reason

One Canadian veteran of Afghanistan has a ministry to others suffering from PTSD. He courageously shares his own story of facing PTSD and how his faith in Jesus gives him hope to believe for better days and a healthy spirit.

Cherished friends are serving Canada in Europe at this time with the UN.

What will you be doing at the 11th hour of the 11th day of this the 11th month?

Pause. Remember. Pray.

“God keep our land, glorious and free.”

APPLICATION: Please leave a comment below. Thank you.


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Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    I remember because I had family in the WW11. I remember because men that lost their lives recently. I am very encouraged how many schools and churches are doing more than the two minute remembering in respect. The younger are learning and understanding the preciousness of standing for ones countries and family. Remember
    “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves ………..”
    I’m tired of hearing ‘out of sight out of mind’. That is the worst and most damaging comment Christians have today.
    REMEMBER should be stamped on their foreheads.

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks Carole for commenting. Your perspective is echoed across Canada. God keep our land, glorious and free.

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