Canadian Legion Branches across the country take the lead for Remembrance Day ceremonies. (file photo)

Remembrance Day poems

Both poems were written by John D. Grant

The March of Time

They march along to the beat of the band,

These are the vets who fought in a foreign land.

There are fewer today as time goes by,

Age catches up and they die.

Shoulders stooped, limps, canes and aching thigh,

These proud soldiers march with heads held high.

Their steps are spry as they pass through the crowd,

Young once, older now, but just as proud.

They know the meaning of “Lest We Forget.”

As they remember comrades who paid the supreme debt.

On to the cenotaph rank and file,

To lay the wreaths in accustomed style.

It is a sight that pulls at the stout hearted,

As silence is observed for those who have departed.

I am grateful to these men and their mates,

“LEST US NOT FORGET” them, on this date.

Meager Compensation

They slowly gather into a group,

And discuss the past and the route.

They’re older now and they are few,

You may ask, “What did they do?”

They are the brave, who survived the test,

With many giving lives at their best.

It is the time for us to say,

“Lest We Forget, It’s Remembrance Day.”

They proudly march to the cenotaph,

To take part and remember that,

They are the fortunate, who survived the fray,

So we may live in freedom today.

As time goes by the young don’t heed,

Or give a thought of how they were freed.

They gave their lives without being dour,

Is it too much to give them, “JUST ONE HOUR?”

— poems written by John D. Grant

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