“Spot,” said Fawn, folding up the newspaper and laying it down on the table. “Do you want to come to a parade with me tomorrow?”
“A parade?” asked Spot. “What parade?”
“Well there is a Remembrance Day parade tomorrow,” said Fawn.
“Oh,” said Spot. “Yes, I would like to come to the parade.”
“Okay great,” said Fawn. “I think it is important that we remember our soldiers. After all, there are some soldiers that are getting killed just for our freedom.”
“Yes,” said Spot. “That is very true. Hey, I wonder what ever happened to Steve?”
“Steve?” asked Fawn.
“Yes Steve,” said Spot. “You remember, the young man that lived on the ranch just up the road. The one that went to Afghanistan to fight in the war.”
“Oh,” said Fawn. “Yes, I wonder what happened to him. He’s been gone for quite a few months now.”
Fawn and Spot remember meeting Steve on the day he was being deployed to Afghanistan. They saw him standing at the end of his laneway, dressed in his Canadian Army uniform and waiting for a taxi to come and pick him up to take him to the airport.
Fawn and Spot were up early the next morning getting ready to go to the parade. They were amazed at all the soldiers both young and old dressed in their uniforms. Fawn noticed a single soldier standing under a street light, all by himself.
“Isn’t that Steve?” Fawn asked Spot.
“Why yes it is,” said Spot.
Fawn and Spot walked over to where Steve was standing.
“It sure is nice to see you again,” said Fawn.
“Yes,” said Spot. “We were just thinking about you last night and wondering how you were doing?”
“Well,” said Steve. “I am doing alright I guess but one of my friends is not doing so good. He was killed in a roadside bomb.”
“Oh,” said Fawn. “I am so sorry to hear that.”
“Yes,” said Spot. “Me too.”
“Pete was a real good guy,” said Steve, wiping a tear from his eyes.
“War can be pretty harsh,” said Fawn, thinking of Steve’s friend, Pete.
“Yes,” said Steve. “It definitely is but see that is why today is such an important day.”
“Because we can remember the sacrifice that men and women like your friend, Pete, do for us,” said Spot.
“Yes, Spot,” said Steve. “That is correct. We need to remember what they did for us.”
“I will not only remember Pete today,” said Fawn. “I will remember him always.”
“That is what I like to hear,” said Steve, seeing that the parade was just about to start.
Fawn and Spot stood with Steve while he watched the parade. Steve stood in silence throughout the entire parade and Fawn and Spot saw him wipe more than one tear from is eyes as he watched the different floats and soldiers walk by.
Fawn and Spot learned that any day of the year, not just Remembrance Day, is a good day to remember the sacrifice that our soldiers take for us. They both saw the importance of Remembrance Day and they went to every single Remembrance Day parade for years to come.
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