The Government of Canada has set aside Friday, May 9 to mark the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan. A national ceremony on Parliament Hill will pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families. Canadians will be invited to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence.
In St. Marys, the National Day of Honour will be marked with a ceremony at the Town Hall Cenotaph at 1 p.m.
The Journal Argus has been publishing the winning poems from this year’s St. Marys Public Library-sponsored James MacRae Poetry Contest. We thought this poem was appropriate for May 9.
3rd in Grades 9-12
Tell the town I’m coming home.
Home to a son who asks who I am,
’cause I left when he was just days old.
Home to a wife who sees my scars,
And turns away.
Home to a nation that feels pity,
But not my pain.
Tell the trenches I’m leaving,
Taking away my tears.
Leaving their mud,
Tell the fallen I’m running.
Running from their memory
And their loss.
Running from their comradeship,
And their support.
Tell the fields I’ve turned my back,
On the echoes of the killing
And their blood-soaked soil.
Tell my soul I’m lost.
Lost in homecoming
Tell the world
I will remember.