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CBC readers remember soldiers who loved and were loved

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"We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields."


Those poignant words, penned on behalf of the First World War's fallen soldiers, are a small part of John McCrae's iconic war poem.

To some, 'the Dead' may be an idea -- an abstract collective represented by crosses, row on row. But thousands of Canadians know the dead as individuals -- as grandparents, parents, friends and children -- and have felt the anguish of their loss.  Leo Moise returns from 6 years at war in Europe. (Dennis Moise)

Others know men and women who have survived war and borne witness to the realities of armed conflict.

On Nov. 11, Canadians remembered those who fought and those who died in wars and peacekeeping missions around the globe.

In honour of Remembrance Day, CBC readers across Canada have also shared their memories of soldiers who "loved and were loved," as well as recent portraits and scenes from ceremonies across the country.

 

This year, we also received some great videos, including a powerful moment of silence led by music teacher John McGregor and an original song called Carry On, which was performed by Tim Beckett and his niece Paige Cipparone.

"I wrote this song in memory of all fallen heroes. The pictures are of family members and friends," wrote Beckett.

Although we could not include every one of the heartfelt submissions we received, we sincerely thank the CBC community for each and every one.

Please view the full gallery here and read messages of remembrance beneath our original call for submissions.


 

Tags: Canada, Remembrance Day

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