One of things I love about the Internet and blogging is the way it brings people together from all over the world. I am Canadian but my heritage is Scottish and Irish and one of the blogs I follow with great interest is that of Jean Reinhardt, Irish author of young adult works and historical fiction. For Remembrance Day, she has written a brief history of and tribute to Irish poet and soldier, Francis Ledwidge. I couldn’t find the “reblog” button on her page, so I’m putting the link here for you: Remembrance Day Tribute 2014. Be sure to watch and listen to the poignant video at the end where Ledwidge’s poem, “A Soldier’s Grave”, is set to music by Michael McGlynn and sung by the Irish folk group called Anúna, solo by Meav Ni Mhaolchatha; the piece is called ‘Midnight‘. The video itself is beautifully done by My Eye For Your Eye Production Co.
I was reading the other day in a newspaper how editors are always trying to make annual events “new”, Remembrance Day being a case in point. Perhaps we need to look outside our own traditions and see what others are doing to honour and remember those who have made freedom a universal gift. And to look to those who are still doing it today where freedoms have been lost. While you listen to Midnight, perhaps you could be thinking of the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was senselessly gunned down as he stood guard with an empty rifle in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Cenotaph in Ottawa, Canada, on October 22nd, 2014.
In memory, always cherish them;
Let not one be forgot.
With pride, salute their legacy, and
Shame to those
Who denigrate their loss.
L. R. Montgomery