The ‘Ode of Remembrance” is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For The Fallen” – first published in September 1914 in England’s ‘The Times’.
The phrase Lest We Forget is often added as the final line at the end of the ode and repeated in response by those listening.
A photo of my grandfather at age 15, taken in 1915. He joined the war effort, and made the journey to England in preparation to fight, ultimately for the freedom we enjoy today. But it wasn’t to be. Cyril Talbot Woods, the boy from Brantford Ontario was discovered as being under-age and sent home.
He grew up to be, as they put it, a ‘man’s man’. A family man who managed, with my grandmother, to raise five kids including their youngest, my dad Fred — the only one of Cy’s kids, still alive today. He too worked hard to provide, with pride and determination to make things better for his own kids. I’m thankful for these men and for the women who collectively looked out for the well being of their families, neighbours, friends and fellow Canadians at home and overseas.
Notice the Maple leaf on C.T. Woods’ army issue jacket? Brings about a sense of Canadian pride. And that baby-face, pretending to be all grown up. Fifteen years old and committed to the idea of defending the freedoms we’d come to cherish. Incredible.
Here’s one for Cyril, whose first name became my second. And for all the brothers in arms to whom we owe great respect on November 11th, Remembrance Day, and every day.