Remembrance Day – the day we set aside to remember and think upon the gift of freedom that we have because of what others willingly have done for us. WWI, WWII, and it doesn’t stop there, even today the war in Afghanistan continues, and Canadian and American soldiers are risking and losing their lives. Please take the opportunity today to show them the respect they deserve, in the very least, show them a “pittance of time”. Lest We Forget.
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channelled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream".
*note, poppy field picture from Google Images