As Halloween has come and gone, we turn our focus to Remembrance Day. As it approaches each year, we see red poppies starting to pop up outside of our local grocery stores, shopping malls, and pretty much anywhere else we can think of. These small symbols have become a huge tradition. Most of us probably can still recall “In Flanders Fields” from when we were in elementary school. Some of us are now probably re-learning it all over again through children of our own. The importance of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s war poem still resonates today because it is not only a part of our history, but our present as well. The picture he paints in our minds is that of the fallen soldiers, who now lay to rest in Flanders fields amidst those blowing red flowers that represent so much. It is the song marking the end of their lives. It is why it is so important for us to don our red poppies in the weeks leading up to this day; a symbol of our gratitude. I encourage you to truly reflect on this day and pay your respects to the men and women who fought for our freedom before our time and on this very day. I ask you to think about the things that we may take for granted, like sitting down at the dinner table with our entire family. Somewhere another family is sitting at their’s and missing a member who perhaps was lost at war, is home but carries the trauma of what they lived through and is forever changed, or is still away fighting for us. I also encourage you to watch the clock closely and observe that moment of silence when it strikes 11:00am. Please stand in solitude with and for those who stood for us. It is the least we can do while lest we forget.