Across the city Monday, Winnipeggers paused to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom Canadians enjoy today. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Manitobans paid their suspects to those fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate price.
OTTAWA — Eleven tolls from the Peace Tower filled the air around Parliament Hill on Monday morning, marking the start of two minutes of silence in which Canadians paused to remember and honour those who took up arms — and in some cases paid the ultimate price — to defend this country and its way of life.
Similar scenes played out across the country at cenotaphs and memorials as the clock struck the 11th hour on Remembrance Day.
Called Manitobaggan, the slides and shelter have won two architecture awards from the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.
It’s been a long time since the guns of WWI fell silent. One hundred and one years ago, in fact. Some of us are old enough to have known some WWI veterans. Most of us know WWII vets but, there are very few left with us. The Korean War was a much smaller conflict and it was almost 70 years ago. My brother was a Korean War vet, but he is gone now too. We have a number of military veterans with us who have served our country well in other places, in peacekeeping efforts, mostly in the Middle East.
The irony of the opening sentence is that the guns have never actually fallen silent. Diminished yes, but silent, no.