Hi folks! Indy here.
Today is my second birthday. That’s the first reason everyone should celebrate. Not only was I born on November 11, I was also born in 2011. Yahowl!
Isn’t that the cutest fur baby you’ve ever laid eyes on?
But the most important reason we should celebrate today is because it’s Remembrance Day. Yahowl! That’s a big howling thank you to Canadian veterans and to all Canadian military persons who still serve to protect and defend our great country.
And I’ll howl one more time to honor all the other veterans, all over the planet, who fought and died in battle. Yahowl!
You see the black and white illustration below? Mum drew it to honor Remembrance Day. Normally, Mum’s muse (bossy Matilda) would have written this post, but since it’s my birthday and because I begged her to let me to do it, she caved.
Anyway, I mailed Mum’s drawing to a magazine called Canadian Stories. The drawing has been published, and I just got word the magazine should arrive any day. Yahowl! Can’t wait to get my paws on it.
In case you didn’t know…the flowers attached to the wreath are poppies (see the colored version Mum inked and painted below).
For Remembrance Day, a.k.a. Poppy Day, Canadian’s pin poppies to their jackets to remember our veterans. The color red reminds us of the blood spilled during World War I. It’s pretty amazing that poppies sprouted and bloomed on soldiers’ graves in Flanders.
John McCrae even wrote a poem about them. Sadly, on May 2, 1915, he watched another solider die. The next day, he wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” which wasn’t published until December 8, 1915.
Lieutenant Colonel McCrae’s poem (shown in the photo above) was coated in bronze. It’s displayed in his home town of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
I have to sign off now. I’m choking up.
At 11:11 a.m., I’ll be bowing my head in a moment of silence.
Please join me to remember and celebrate the lives of the brave men and women everywhere who died for you and me so we could be free.