November. Darkness descends like a blackout curtain cutting off the end of the day way too early. Here on the wet coast the rain begins its biblical theme, drenching us for 40 days and nights and then some. And when it’s not rain it’s a mist, a downpour, sometimes even snow.
November is a somber month, suited to sober thoughts. Suited to the annual rite of remembrance that takes place on Nov. 11. We march. We sing. We pray. We observe a moment of silence. We remember.
How fortunate we are to live in a country where we enjoy such a high quality of life, and the many freedoms we often take for granted. A country people from around the world envy. As a realtor, my clients are international. Our communities are like a United Nations of neighbours.
We owe so much to the brave men and women who fought for and protected these freedoms and made our wonderful country a welcoming and inclusive home for so many. And continue to do so.
In our family, my father was with the medical corps serving in Italy during World War II, while my father-in-law, Captain William (Bill) Grayson, was a decorated officer who landed in France on D-Day and played a key role in the Battle of Normandy. You can see a dramatization of his brave actions in “Storming Juno” airing on the History Channel on Nov. 11 or right away on its website.
November may not be a merry month, but it’s one we look forward to for the significance it holds, and the memories —and values—it preserves.
Watch Storming Juno now on the History Channel website.