November 2, 2017 QUEEN'S PARK -- In advance of Remembrance Day this November 11th, MPP Hatfield recited lines from poems in his Member's Statement today.
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The full statement is below:
Mr. Percy Hatfield: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Those are the four lines in the fourth stanza of the poem For the Fallen, written by Robert Laurence Binyon back in 1914. These four lines are repeated at Legion meetings and memorial services.
They are perhaps not as famous as those written in 1915 by Major John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. His three-stanza poem ends with,
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
On Saturday morning, I’ll be laying a provincial wreath at the cenotaph in Tecumseh. In the afternoon, I’ll do the same in east Windsor at the cenotaph in Riverside. I hope to be out a couple of times next week with my poppy box.
I joined Branch 255 of the Royal Canadian Legion 30 years ago to honour my father and his buddies, the men and women who served their country in times of military conflict. To all of our veterans and military peacekeepers, I say thank you for your service. Indeed, we will remember.