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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna resident seeks help locating missing ferret

Dexter the Ferret is smaller than average and likes to chase squirrels

KF Aerospace Centre unveils building plans for museum at YLW

The museum and conference centre is intended to be built on Lapointe Drive beside the Kelowna International Airport

Morning Start: One Year on Uranus Is 84 Years on Earth

Your morning start for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Four-hour wait time to book child’s COVID test concerns Kelowna parent

Interior Health is asking for patience as they experience an increase in calls and testing requests

Attorney General defends Kelowna Mountie involved in rough arrest

Tyler Russell filed a lawsuit against Const. Siggy Pietrzak in June of this year

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Suspected human remains found in burned out vehicle on OKIB land

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP hand over investigation to Major Crimes

Kamloops RCMP search for armed robber of pizza restaurant

The incident unfolded on Monday evening at the Sahali Domino’s store

Most Read