My heart is filled with peace and love this evening, as I download the images from yet another poignant Remembrance Day ceremony in our community.
…you know that feeling when it crosses over from being goose-bumpy to remarkably comforting?
Visiting the cenotaph this evening, my camera captured this moment from the newly planted tree in memory of Comrade Robert A.C. (Bob) Marple aka Ol’ Cowpoke.
For those of you who did not know, Bob was a contributor author to Fox in Focus from day one, March 15, 2011.
His author profile reads: Longtime volunteer RAC (Bob) Marple, is a retired Ol’ Cowpoke who loves his family, his dog Patches and coffee with the gang. His writin’s are based on life experience an’ a few spur of the moment ideas that come ta mind.
He was deeply missed today and every day since his passing this past May. His grandkids did a wonderful job in his memory today, his wife Marlene laying the Mother wreath and his family gathered around the new tree planted in his memory by the cenotaph.
I missed him tucking crackers in my suit jacket pocket, as he was caught doing last year. I miss him being the master of ceremonies and being a part of the service. Today there were crackers missing at the luncheon.
Bob’s name was mentioned many times.
Since his passing, my family has moved next door to him and his wife Marlene’s former home. I often wonder what it would be like to have him here as our neighbor. I can picture him asking me continuously when his poems will be posted, how the kids are doing and if I baked any cookies lately.
Tonight, it was a mixture of tears and smiles as I visited the cenotaph with my daughter.
We both were slightly chilled from the brisk air, yet wandered, peacefully and content, around reading the names on the wreaths laid to rest and took another moment to remember all of those who fought, lived and died for our freedom.
I thought of crackers and soup, horse rides, Bob’s dog Patches, coffee with the gang, court days and post office visits, and the particular fond story of him from last years’ service: Construction Paper and Thank-you Cards. (http://foxinfocus.ca/2012/11/15/construction-paper-thank-you-cards/.)
I was reminded that those who leave us, never truly do as they live on within us and live on in their memories, in photos, in faith, in candles, trees, their children and grandchildren, friends and neighbors. They are the wind in the air, the stars in the sky, and angels among us.
May he rest in peace, knowing his memory will forever live on in the community he proudly called HOME.
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
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