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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tribute to a fallen brother in arms

This day of rememberance for veterans who gave their lives to buy our freedom, is not just for our American fallen but also a tribute to Allied Nations who fought and died beside us. A close friend of mine lost his nephew in 2006 in Afghanistan and wrote the below poem in rememberance.

By Dr. Peter Mcguire
" A poem I wrote in 2006, on the occasion of my nephew’s first deployment to Afghanistan. Capt. Jonathan Snyder, SMV, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed in action as he led a night patrol of Afghan National Army. He was awarded posthumously, Canada’s second highest military honour, the Star of Military Valour. "

Jonathan, Oh Jonathan!
Step carefully, pace well
In your footsteps, tread our hopes
In your pathways, follow our souls

Whither goest thou, Johnny-Canuck?
Step carefully, Oh Canada
Lest you get lost
Lest woe betide you, Johnny-boy
For this nation bickering is borne
From our ancestors
To our children’s children
By good women, hard men
In their shed blood
Wilderness and suffering
Sacrifice sublime

Your self is our self
Your presence is our presence
Have dignity
Bide of a day in those dreamy fields
Of remembrance
Tolerance of intolerance is no virtue
Liberty and freedom are no vice
We shall all be forced to choose the path
Ere the cock crows thrice

Jonathan, Oh Jonathan!
Step carefully, pace well
In your footsteps, tread our hopes
In your pathways, follow our souls

Step carefully, Oh Johnny-boy
For your every mist
Is our ocean’s mystery
Your every breath
Is our mountain’s breeze

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