November 10th, 2010
It’s November and that means Poppy Month.
For the first time in my entire life, I’m not in Canada for Remembrance Day. And there’s not a poppy to be found anywhere. We’ve searched.
As each day crept closer towards November 11th, we became increasingly uneasy.
November should be cutting and cold, ruled by battleship gray clouds and punctuated by rustley leaves lashed by wind. The best Remembrance Day ceremonies are rain-soaked affairs that demand you shiver on toes that grow numb as the ceremony progresses. Shiver.
And you experience even if it’s just for an hour, a tiny fraction of the misery that was the 24/7 experience of World War One and Two vets.
That won’t be happening this November 11th. We’re in the land of sun and rainbows.
Our need to pay our respects grew so great that we sought out the Maui Veterans Cemetery at Makawao and spent two hours there.
Today, we decided to make our own poppies and return on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and distribute our handmade poppies to each World War 1 veteran resting at Makawao.
Lest we forget.
Which we DON’T!
CANADIANS PREPARE FOR MAUI REMEMBRANCE DAY 2010: NO POPPIES?… MAKE YOUR OWN! (3:06 min)
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, “The American Flag” November 7, 2010
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, MEMORIAL November 7, 2010
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, The Wall November 7, 2010
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, “Plot 1” World War I veterans November 7, 2010
Also we’ve documented all the headstones of veterans/family resting in Plot 1 (primarily World War I) reading out every name. For the record, for Remembrance, these three videos.
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, Plot 1 Part 1: LEST WE FORGET November 7, 2010 (15:00 min)
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, Plot 1 Part 2: LEST WE FORGET November 7, 2010 (14:52 min)
Maui Veterans Cemetery Makawao Maui, Hawaii, Plot 1 Part 3: LEST WE FORGET November 7, 2010 (12:28 min)
Tomorrow, we will commemorate Remembrance Day with our fellow Canadians on the 11th hour Toronto time at 6 am our time.
Later, at the 11th hour Hawaiian time, we will present our hand-made poppies to those resting in Makawao at the Maui Veterans Cemetery. We’ll read “In Flanders Fields” aloud.
UPDATE: 6:32 am Hawaiian time. Thank you CBC for helping us pay our respects to Canada’s veterans through your live online broadcasts (Radio1 99/1 FM and TV) on Toronto’s 11th hour.
The Mississauga Muse