A time for Remembrance

Dina Baras CPSA, Medical Matters, Messenger 8 Comments

This Messenger column is somewhat different than my past submissions, because of the unique meaning this weekend has to millions of Canadians.

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Saturday November 11th is a special day of remembrance where we should all take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada, especially those who have lost their lives.

Specifically, I want to recognize and remember the many men and women who have served to provide care to others. I was incredibly privileged to work with many dedicated men and women who have given their blood, sweat and tears so that others may live. I have lost friends and colleagues as a result of their service not because they wanted to be in danger, but because they wanted to be there for others.

Many of you may know the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, was written by a Canadian physician, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, during World War I. But few people realize medical personnel are fundamental to the incredible reputation the Canadian Armed Forces continues to have throughout the world. Our Medics have always served in the most dangerous locations because that is where they’re needed. Many medical personnel have been wounded or killed in action because they were

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there to look after others, but injuries go well beyond the physical. There is no way to describe what a medical team endures during conflict unless you have experienced it. Some are still suffering the after effects today, but if you were to ask them if they think their commitment was worth it, I’m confident they would say they wouldn’t change the experience.

Alberta specifically has a strong history of supporting the Canadian Armed Forces. Many men and women from Alberta still serve in the CAF or are retired and working alongside us every day. Others have given their lives in the service of their country. I hope everyone takes a few minutes at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to pause and be thankful for what others have given so we can all enjoy the incredible lives we have today. As fellow healthcare providers, I encourage you to say a special thanks to our colleagues who have served in the health services.

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Scott McLeod

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read the Messenger and specifically thanks to everyone who took the time to provide comments related to my latest Column. It’s heartwarming to see so many supportive comments for the CAF. I hope everyone was able to find some time this past Saturday to remember those who have sacrificed so much.


John Barrow

Thank you for your article. Last year a grandchild asked for an account of my wartime memories for a school essay. I was in London at the time of the blitz and 6 years old. As I recounted I had to stop, my eyes filled silently with tears. War has a terrible, terrible impact on children.

Royce Johnson

I think of Remembrance Day as a secular Good Friday, when we think of those who have given, and continue to give, for the benefit of all Canadians.

Rukhsana Ameen

Dear colleagues  As a matter of fact, medical soldiers all over the world are simble of dignity, sacrifice, scavenger at the cost of their lives—and I salute them, me and my husband know better than many, who served in all three services to save injured, sick in the field and and base hospitals. We dug underground hospitals in 24 hrs, and lot of stories. We were trained , worked very hard that after that no work is hard.  Still continuing honestly with pride, to serve better and learn from experiences, no price for your dedication. Honorable salute to all medical… Read more »

Peter Mah

Thank you for your poignant comments about our fellow Canadians.  Indeed, we thank all those, past and present that have and continue to serve in our armed forces.  We thank them especially for giving us the chance to remember them here in Europe on the 100th anniversary of the significant battles that have shown the world how Canada leads in so many good ways.  Remembrance to move forward.

Neil Heard

Interestingly, there are as many veterans of other countries and their wars in Canada as there are Canadian veterans……especially amongst physicians.

Herman Borkent

Thank you for this article. Our son did two tours in Afghanistan as a medic, and I am always struck by how much he and his fellow troops value the respect and good will of the citizens of Canada. Hug a Canadian Armed Forces uniform next time you see one.


My memory is of my first meeting with my father when I was 4 years old. He worked in the UK servicing the planes. The pilots got a breather after flying, but for the ground staff there were no days off.