If you fish, hunt or just enjoy Canada’s awesome outdoors remember who helped make it possible to continue to live this wonderful lifestyle. Canada’s veterans and active member of our armed forces gave great sacrifices in the past and today to keep our country free from tyranny, terrorists.
We enjoy a lifestyle that is second to none when it comes to freedom, health and happiness. Governments have come and gone over the past 140 years. Common folk have always preserved and thrived in spite of good or bad governments,
The brave protectors of our nation have matured and gained the respect of the world since the trenches of WW1 and continued respect now in the mountains of Afghanistan.
World wars have destoyed other nations across the ocean. Canadian soldiers have been called upon to keep the peace as well as armed conflict in such areas.
Growing up in Canada I have enjoyed total freedom both literal and physical. Years fishing and hunting keep me active with nature. I never knew what it was like to go to war with over 50 years of peace.
Other nations never had this luxury but our men & women of the forces were often put in harms way to help these nations rebuild after violent conflicts.
This week I was hunting deer as I have done for the past 21 years. Sitting in my tree stand since well before sunrise I thought of how fortunate I was. Hardly a trace of wind, the forest floor was very quiet. No leaves flew past or scurrying critters broke the silence.
Thoughts of my dad long since gone but not forgotten; I recall how he taught me how to truly enjoy the outdoors. He never talked much about the war but always made sure to participate on Remembrance Day events.
My partner’s father; a 89 year old veteran who still enjoys a day on the river flicking a fly or bar-b-que some venison chops on an early November evening with family. Every year he also pays his respects to fallen comrades.
They fought hard for those simple things in life we enjoy today. Many paid dearly with their lives.
Canada’s active men & women in far away places like Afghanistan are fighting and dying for those very reason’s still.
Say thanks next time to see one in uniform at the local market. Look them in the eyes, shake their hand and say thanks for all the sacrifices they make everyday.
Remember that the next time you catch a fish, or walk through the forest with a shotgun , rifle or bow who helped keep this country free for you to do just that.
Remembrance Day is for the Canada’s veterans and active members still risking their lives. You can’t thank them often enough.
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