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Thankful For Their Sacrifice

For the story I’m writing at the moment I have had to do a fair bit of research about The Great War (World War I). And as a military wife, what I read takes on another perspective. When I read the stories of lives lost—they aren’t just men and women.

They are sons.

They are daughters.

Husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts—they were loved by somebody. And their lives are missed.

It takes brave men and women to protect this nation.

When you see a man or woman in uniform, be sure to thank them. For their service. For their time away from their families. For their sacrifice.

And say a prayer for them today. For their protection. For the children who miss their military moms and dads who are serving. Protecting our freedom.

Today I am remembering Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Ont. Though neither my husband or I ever met him, when I read how he died earlier this year, I cried. My thoughts and prayers are for this soldier’s family, friends and the soldiers who knew him.

On this cold Remembrance Day in Canada, I am remembering. I am praying for the families who have lost loved ones. I am remembering soldiers who gave it all for this country. I am praying for the ones who are with us still suffering from all they have seen.

I’m grateful. For a nation that is strong and free. Because of the sacrifice of many.

I am remembering. And I am thankful.

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