Thankful Thursday - November 11, 2010 - Remembering

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. E8107

A picture on the front page of The Montreal Gazette today haunts me.  It's an old picture, from 1940. It shows a man and a woman, all dressed up, he in his military uniform, off to receive a medal from the king.  They're both smiling;he's being honoured for his heroic efforts in the war, and she looks so proud.

His plane was shot down one month later. He did not survive.

Poppy and Gravestones in a field in Flanders, BelgiumIt is so incredibly frightening to realize that in a moment, our lives can change forever.

My mother was a young child during the Second World War. She grew up in Poland/Russia. She remembers hearing the bombs drop and being absolutely terrified. It affects her to this day.

When I was growing up, my biggest fear was that there would be a war, and a draft, and that my father and brothers would have to go off and fight.  I was terrified of this happening.

At this very moment, men and women are at war and losing their lives, kids are hearing bombs and seeing the ravages of war and being scarred for life, and people like you and me are saying good-bye to their loved ones before they courageously go off to try to bring peace and freedom to all parts of this planet.

I am thankful I am not one of these people. And I am thankful that there are, and have been, men and women who have been brave enough to put their lives in danger in order to protect the beauty of freedom and to bring that beauty to others.

I remember. And I thank you.

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Comments (7)

Faina Reinhardt - Manhattan, NY

What a terrible story and there are so many like it.  I am so grateful for those who so much more selfless than I can ever imagine myself being.

Nov 11, 2010 06:23 AM
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


Thank you for the very sobering tribute to those who really experience the atrocities of war... g

Nov 11, 2010 06:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Very well said Tanya. I echo Faina's statement about being so grateful. Even though my children are only 9 and 10 I have been schooling them for some time on how gallant these soldiers are.

Nov 11, 2010 07:23 AM
Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON


I'm thankful too! Thanks for honouring the day by your vivid imagery in this post. We are only a breath away from unavoidable change... be prepared by being grateful for the moment.

Nov 11, 2010 07:47 AM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thank you all for dropping by and sharing your thoughts and your thankfulness.  I saw a WWII veteran interviewed on TV yesterday.  He warmed my heart when he said, "People remember more than they used to. People come up to me now and thank me. They just thank me. That didn't used to happen a few years ago."

Nov 11, 2010 08:46 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I can't even imagine the fear and longing our armed forces and their families face daily.  I too thank them Tanya.  xxoo

Nov 11, 2010 09:02 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Tanya, I think more important than thanks is the fact we remember! Lets keep it going...

Nov 11, 2010 11:31 AM