Richmond Hill’s Remembrance Day service was different this year due to Covid-19 but still hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 375 at the Richmond Hill Cenotaph – McConaghy Centre. It was a beautiful sunny day, however there was no parade or public laying of wreaths – but a somber and poignant service just the same. A video of the service can be viewed here. And photos can be viewed here.
Each year at this ceremony I can’t help but think how fortunate we are in Canada that we had governments, but most importantly, citizens, that stood up to the tyranny in the world, especially in 1939 and 1914, and fought for the freedom that we hold so dear today.
My Uncles Angus and Leonard were two of those brave young men that served during World War 2 in the Royal Canadian Air Force. They came home after the war but so many of their colleagues did not.
As I reflected on this day, like I do each year, I couldn’t help but think how thankful we all need to be for their sacrifice but also how precious and fragile our freedom and democracy really is.
On all days, not just on Remembrance Day, we all have a responsibility to speak up when we see erosion of our freedom. To fail to do so would fail to honour those that gave so much for our peace, freedom, and prosperity. Lest we forget.