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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

12 Steps To Remember ©

One step to touch the Earth
Two to stand upon it
Three to explore its borders
Four to become lost in it forever

Five steps in one direction
Six in another
Seven brings you love
Eight, sadness

Nine steps to victory
Ten to defeat
Eleven in remembrance
Twelfth step brings you home


The guns are no longer silent

Lest we forget those who still are.



Awareness said...

Walker, this is a powerful poem. The lament on the video and the collection of photos just rips at my heart.

The stories shared on the National in the last couple of days.... the medal ceremony in Ottawa and the individual stories of families who have been directly impacted by the death of a loved one in Afghanistan have left me in tears over and over. Don Cherry's tribute on HNIC too.

I don't know whether you've read about the damage done on the weekend to the memorial in downtown Fredericton. It has rattled many here and incensed everyone. There was a service yesterday held at the high school (all schools have one here....always have because of the closeness to CFB Gagetown among many reasons) A handful of veterans were there.... from WW2 and the latest deployments. The kids who organized the ceremony apologized to them on behalf of the youth of this city for the damage done to the war memorial. They wanted them to know how much they were respected... I thought that was beautiful. Ironically, there is more interest in attending the service today in support of our local heros because of this vandalism.

BlazngScarlet said...

What a gut wrenching tribute.
Incredible job Walker.

Walker said...

Awareness: When i first say the video, the song I knew, I just was lost for words.
There are many reasons why people join the armed forces.
To many to list but most of them embrace their duty with honor.
Real soldiers understand what honor is.
To accept a command from up the chain of command from someone you have never met or may never meet, sending you in harms way because you gave your word and it's the right thing to do, is honor.
To reach out to a fallen enemy and give him comfort, is honor.
To watch them die while performing this duty, is honorable.
THe honorable thing for us to do now is to NEVER forget by remembering their sacrifice.
Not the wars or the victories but the cost of freedom.
I watched the stories on the National and some from many other channels.
I was glued to the History channel watching documentaries of both wars.
WE need to know these things to make sure they don't happen.
We need to see them in black and white so we could feel the horror.

Walker said...

BlazngScarlet: THe video is a heart stopped.
Left me dizzy the first time i saw it

Leah said...

This is a beautiful remembrance; thank you for posting it.

Michael Manning said...

Walker: Very emotional. It gave me tremendous pause. I was moved by the sense of Honor and Genuine Respect these men displayed for their fallen brothers. I feel a special bond with Canada, and now I know why. Thanks for sharing this moving post!

Just telling it like it is said...

Yes, we don't want to have another Holocaust!! We must never forget...I will never forget!!

Walker said...

Leah: Thank you for taking a moment to remember

Walker said...

Michael Manning: To watch these images and to understand in the heat of battle surrounded by people out to snuff out their lives, all they have is each other in this darkest moment of their lives.

Walker said...

Just telling it like it is: We don't need a waste lives but to learn to preserve lives.

Boxer said...

bag pipes are heart breaking. So is this post.

Peter said...

Very Moving Walker.

Kathryn Magendie said...

*kiss* . . .

Puss-in-Boots said...

I adore bagpipes and playing that tune...just heartrending.

Tom Bailey said...

The thing that always comes to mind when I hear bagpipes is amazing grace tributes. This post reminds me of that.... I like writing like this... Great work!

I like how it shares a viewpoint without making other viewpoints wrong.

Just telling it like it is said...

Yes, I whole heatedly believe that till the deepest part of my ventricular the parliamentary vein that fills my lungs up with oxygen...

Monogram Queen said...

Very poignant... and thank you for directing me "home"...

Just telling it like it is said...

I'm just stopping by to flash my boobs...