Today, in Canada, we celebrate Remembrance Day. At 11am every November 11th we stand for a minute of silence in honour of the thousands of soldiers who have died in military service. On monuments all over the country, ceremonial wreaths of poppies are placed in memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the safety of their fellow men and women. And we stand together. We remember.
Today, at 11am, as I do every Remembrance Day, I will stand and salute the countless soldiers who died to protect their fellow men and women. I will honour the memory of my grandfather who fought in World War II, and who carried the emotional scars of war until his suicide years later. I will say a silent prayer for the safety of my friend (and former fiance) Bud, who is currently in Afghanistan. I will pray for the end of war everywhere.
And then, at 11:11 (and this is new), I will light a candle, turn on some music, and dance a prayer.
Today, on 11/11/11 at 11:11am, I will dance a prayer for the world. I will pray for peace, for love and understanding, for equality and justice, for abundance and well-being around the globe.