Sister Agnes-Marie Valois Remembered on Remembrance Day
Sister Agnes-Marie Valois died in France last April. She was 103 years old. To Allied soldiers injured during a failed raid in Dieppe in August 1942, she was known as the “White Angel”. I had the opportunity to meet with her briefly in 2014 and found her delightful.
Honour Veterans, Especially on Remembrance Day
Veterans at Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium 2014In addition to remembering all of those who participated in World War I, World War II and other wars before and since then, and those who continue to serve our country, I will remember Sister Agnes-Marie when I attend a Remembrance Day ceremony this Sunday, November 11th.
A Poem for Remembrance Day
© Jerena Tobiasen
Raindrops pelt a poppy umbrella
Held high over my head.
They drum in time with the bugler’s call
To remember the dead.
Remembering speeches and prayers
Bleed into old anthems,
While colourful leaves flutter from trees
Upon those who sing them.
Grass upon which we stand carpeted
With neon decay, wet,
Mutes the tributes of fallen men, but
We remember them yet.
As the bugler’s trumpet sounds to close
We are grateful for choices.
We promise with our teary eyes, and
Bold determined voices,
We will remember them.
I hope you will find the time on November 11th to remember them as well.