Today is November 11th – Remembrance Day and we in Ottawa have the great fortune to have the Canada’s National War Monument where thousands gather to honor our veterans and military.
Being just down the street from this beautiful monument is an honor for us at the Lord Elgin Hote in Ottawa. On this day and really, for the entire week, we have many in uniform gather in our lobby, in our Starbucks and our restaurant and we have this wonderful opportunity to mingle with them and gather their stories. What an honor! Given that we will soon have no veterans left for WWII, it is so important to take advantage of these occasions to chat with our veterans.
Yesterday I attended a Mayor’s Breakfast here at Ottawa City Hall and the Canadian Chief of Defense Staff, General Vance was speaking. He talked of the challenges faced by military families – the stress they face both here while in training and of course, when stationed in difficult places, such as Afghanistan. He certainly brought it home to me. They do sacrifice SO much for us and for their country. We owe them so much respect; something that is terribly lacking in today’s society.
Ironically, Leonard Cohen died yesterday and today I listened to his recording of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields‘ . It brings tears to your eyes. No one recites it better than Leonard Cohen.
I wish my four boys (now men) could have been here today to witness the many vets in our hotel – dressed in their uniforms, many with long rows of medals. We must never forget what they did for us and what our forces continue to do for us each day!
Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, ON