A Time to Remember

A Time to Remember

November 11
Grey sky
Hands covered in fine leather gloves against the cold

Almost 11 a.m.
Almost time to go.
She waits in her chair.

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Lest we forget, she remembers:
            The letters he wrote in the trenches,
            rats scurrying past his feet
            making light of the rain and the mud
            promising he’d be home soon
            wishing he was home already.

 James Bay fixture and veteran Albert Middleton at 102 1/2 years.  Photo by Bob Tuomi

James Bay fixture and veteran Albert Middleton at 102 1/2 years.

Photo by Bob Tuomi

And then nothing.

For her, the sky was constantly grey.
The sacrifice of life and love
Transformed her world

              ******

Today is a day for gratitude
She smiles at her son
Whose smile is one she remembers
Whose appreciation she treasures
And whose freedom she understands.

“Never forget,” she says, as he helps her into his car.

By Rita Button

 Poster courtesy of the BC Aviation Museum.

Poster courtesy of the BC Aviation Museum.

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