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Dawnforge Remembers

Today, the 11th of November, it is marked as Remembrance Day in Canada, where Dawnforge is located, and in all countries of the Commonwealth. In the U.S.A, where many of our staff and show hosts reside, it is Veteran’s Day. In New Zealand, France and Belgium it is Armistice Day, and in Poland it is Independence Day. On this day we remember who have fought, served, and in some cases died for their country, for freedom, for our safety.

In my time running All Things Azeroth, Dawnforge, and playing WoW, I have met many who have served their country, be it Canada, the USA, or other allies. On this day I remember them, their sacrifices, their resolve, and their actions. I remember the fear I felt for friends when I knew they were going into active battle zones, and how happy I was to know I had friends who served to defend freedom.

Both my Grandfather and Brother have served in the Canadian military. I am thankful neither served in war time, that neither had to fire their weapons in anger, and that I did not lose them to war. My brother served for a couple years as a Reservist in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, and he spent a couple of summers serving and being trained at several bases across Canada. I am sure his time there impacted him, and helped make him the person he is today. I wonder, at time, where I would be, what my life would be like, if I had followed in his footsteps.

My grandfather joined the military in 1949, and retired in 1971 from the Third Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. My father, his siblings, and my grandparents traveled around the country, from posting to posting, as my grandfather served his duty to the forces. When he passed away in early 2009, his local Royal Canadian Legion, as well as a few who served with him when he was in the military were there to pay their respects to a comrade who thankfully passed many years after his service ended.

So it is today, on the 11th of November, when so many in the world remember those who have been lost, who have passed before in service of their country, of freedom, of liberty, I ask that we remember all who have served, who have given their time and their efforts, and yes some even their lives, for the freedoms we enjoy today. It is in this that I play the following video be Canadian artist Roland Majeau, who also has US and UK versions of the song on his site, and ask that you thank those who have served, and fought, and lost in the name of Freedom. We will always honor, remember… and never forget.

Soldiers Cry (by Roland Majeau)

Talk of trouble is sent through the country
And we need an army
To fight for the right
Young men enlist and are sent to the battle
To fight the offender and help our allies

And the young men cry Oh Canada
Well gladly go and fight for thee
And the young men cry Oh Canada
Well fight to keep you free

The battles raging
Gun fire is blazing
A tired young soldier is clinging to life
Hes ordered off
And obeys by advancing
No hope of returning from the enemy fire

And the soldier cries Oh Canada
If it must be so, Ill die for thee
And the soldier cries Oh Canada
Ill die to keep you free

And we all miss oh Canada
The land where we all used to be
And we all long for Canada
The true north
strong and free

And the soldier cries Oh Canada
If it must be so, Ill die for thee
And the soldier cries Oh Canada
Ill die to keep you free

Far away we had seen a great danger
And yet theres a danger much greater within
The noise we make as we constantly bicker
Would hush not a whisper if we listen to him

All the thousands cry Oh Canada
Is that why we have died for thee?
And the soldiers cry Oh Canada
We died to keep you free

And the soldier cries oh Canada
Be true
And strong
For me

 

Please share your thoughts in the comments on this day, who you remember, and your wishes for those who still fight each day for Freedom.