"Lest we forget.
Upon closer scrutiny of the monument offered for fallen sons of Rockport, I immediately saw the surnnames and recognized Massey, Buell and Donovan as sons of pioneer founding families of Rockport. Their names appear on other historical murals sprinkled around the village to "educate" visitors about the distinguished heritage of this old community.
Four names... Sergeant M.H Lambert, Gunner C.A Massey Jr, Flight Sergeant L.P Donovan and Paratrooper J.D Buell... all killed in action during World War II between 1939 and 1949
I suddenly realized that these young men... all of them... had most likely looked upon the St Lawrence River panorama... which now served as a backdrop to their cairn of remembrance. Another name arose from within "Me." Captain Matthew Dawe, Company C, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia Light Infantry. Killed serving in Afghanistan on July 7th, 2007.
In my post of Remembrance... November 11th last year, I fully revealed Matthew's connection to my own life and to my family. From the day of his senseless passing... Remembrance will forever have a face for "Me"... and I shall remember even that much more strongly his sacrifice... and the sacrifice of all young men and women... in all wars... and on every side. Unfortunately... it is most often the case, that the youngest and the very best of our humankind end up being the "cannon fodder" for politicians who orchestrate war... yet never feel the heat of battle... or the grief of an incomprehensible loss to a parent... a wife or a child... who forever must try to make sense of that loss and move on to living out their days... remembering faded photographs... a last hug or kiss... or a smile that has been forever extinguished.
I went to Gananoque and purchased a replacement flag worthy of their sacrifice, and with visiting friends we installed in on the flag staff. I had to attend a meeting near Peterborough some three hours away... so I missed my first organized public Remembrance ever. But before leaving this morning, Deb and I observed our own service of Remembrance... and left our poppies attached to the Legion's Ensign.
In our very own, deeply personal and deeply felt offering... The four fallen sons of Rockport... and "You" dearest Matt... are indeed remembered... still cherished... and NEVER... forgotten!
Thank you to all veterans and families... as you celebrate and remember in your own personal way!
Princess Patricia Light Infantry
Killed in action, July 7th, 2007
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone" - oil on panel 12x10 inches
Gifted to Mrs. Tara Dawes and her son Lucas
Rest in Peace Brave Hearts!....