I am a quiet soul, a bit of a loner, really, but today, I want to share something close to my heart.
I come from a military family. My parents, siblings, and numerous aunts and uncles were all part of the military. I however, was not, and for that reason (as well as some others) I am a bit of a black sheep - which I am perfectly okay with; but just because I didn't participate, doesn't mean I don't appreciate everything my family members and others have done and given to allow me the freedoms I have today.
I want to share with you a bit about my dad. Maybe because I am missing him - physically since we live apart, but also emotionally since he is no longer the man I knew him to be. My dad served in the RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force. He was one of the navigators who flew with his team during the Cold War, covering Canada's skies to ensure our safety. He was very proud of the time he spent on active duty and continued with the RCAF by becoming a mechanic after he was grounded due to inner ear issues.
Last year I had the absolute honour to see my father recognized by the Quilts of Valour association. (If you have not heard of these wonderful people, please check them out.) This is a Canadian group who recognizes our Veterans around the country by providing them with a handmade quilt.
To see my father receive this was something I will always cherish. The fact that other Veterans who had never even met my father, took time out of their days to honour him was also no small thing. It was one of the days of my life I will truly never forget.
I am sharing this part of my life with you with the hope that you will find some way to honour our Canadian military personnel this November the 11th. Whether you purchase a poppy, decide you want to make and donate a quilt, or attend your local Remembrance service, please take the time to reflect on all the dedication these men and women have for our country, and offer up your gratitude for all the soul who did not return.
Thank you for taking your time to read this blog post. Blessings.