Lest We Forget

In Canada as well as in other British Commonwealth countries today is Remembrance Day – in the United States it is called Veteran’s Day.

No matter where you live or what you call it, November 11th, the anniversary of the armistice that officially ended World War I, is the day that many of us stop to pay tribute to all those who served and sacrificed on our behalf.

If you missed it in previous years you can read this previous post about Why We Wear the Poppy.

This year I thought I’d share this silent tribute in the form of a television ad from our major national telecom supplier Bell Canada. The ad which also ran last year at this time is a modern take on connecting with the past and though not a word is spoken, this one gets me choked up every single time.

My fellow Canadians on here have surely all seen this before, but for anyone who hasn’t, well, get the tissues ready:

Thank you to all who serve.

lest we forget

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53 Responses to Lest We Forget

  1. Very nice, thank you for sharing

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  2. Su Leslie says:

    Thank you for sharing this Norm. With each passing year, I fear collective forgetting, so it’s lovely to see such a beautiful reminder.

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Reblogged this on Norm 2.0 and commented:

    In a world that feels increasingly divided by the rise of Populism and the threats it poses to democracies everywhere, forgetting and failing to head the lessons of the past is very real and present danger. Let us never forget the carnage we cause when we let hatred and fear of others consume our better selves….


  4. Ally Bean says:

    When I was a child my parents were almost obsessive about all of us wearing a red poppy on what my father referred to as Armistice Day. Now I rarely see a red poppy for sale. This film, however, might even be a better reminder of the sacrifices.

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  5. willowdot21 says:

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    Thank you Norm

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    Luckily I always have tissues in my pockets.

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  7. amoralegria says:

    Reblogged this on Wanderlust and Wonderment and commented:
    Norm posted this wonderful tribute, guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes!

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  8. amoralegria says:

    That is a real tear jerker, Norm! Thanks for posting it!

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  9. Just wonderful, Norm. Thanks.


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  10. Aimer Boyz says:

    I reread your Why We Wear the Poppy post. I’ll reread it again next year. Thanks, Norm.

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  11. seaangel4444 says:

    With tears jetting down both sides of my cheeks, I say thank you, Norm, for this posting. Cher xo

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  13. Tara says:

    Aw. … I have a little something in my eye… *sniff sniff*

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  14. Pleasant Street says:

    At first I was kind of grumpy, like maybe that girl should get off her phone and talk to her mother. Haha…but then when the dude took the pressed poppy out of the envelope, it was Niagara fall over here.
    Sweet, very sweet.

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  15. Oddment says:

    To teach without words is a skill. Sometimes an art. This is wonderful. Thank you.

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  16. reocochran says:

    This was so poignant, Norm. I admire, respect and honor those who serve their countries. I am touched by stories, moved by films and cannot believe the sacrifices people willingly give in this service.

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  17. willowdot21 says:

    You are right very powerful, we owe them so much!

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  18. Lynn says:

    Thank you for sharing this Norm. Absolutely beautiful.

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  19. cwaugh212 says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I have also now shared this on Facebook. It was very moving.

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  20. carol1945 says:

    Thank you for this!!!

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  21. Joanne Sisco says:

    I had not seen this before and you were right. Tears flowed …

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  22. msgt3227 says:

    Thank you Norm! Very moving…

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  23. Dan Antion says:

    Love this post, Norm.

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  24. quiall says:

    We stand in a testament to those that cannot.

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  25. You need a ‘Love’ button for this post. Very special, Norm, and I definitely needed a tissue. 🙂

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  26. One of the most powerful TV commercials I’ve seen, Norm.
    Thanks for sharing it on this special day.

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  27. Phil Ryan says:

    Oh Norm, you big softie…
    Bikerchick57 sent me to you on an errand to find a blue frog to click. I initially failed that task but came across this instead and am pleased I did. Thanks and best wishes on this poignant day.

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  28. Wow a truly powerful film.

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