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Remember
To Remember

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 11th, 2014

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This has been a tumultuous year filled with bad news. For many, this year’s November 11th will be a significant one, as we suffered the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Parliament Hill. It was a scary reminder that violence exists in the world, and thankfully a hard stop to the situation was placed with authority by Kevin Vickers. I don’t really know what you believe, whether this was an act of terrorism, or one’s response to becoming unhinged and falling through the cracks – in the end it doesn’t matter: there was a tragic death, and a hero acted to save others.

Over the years there have been many tragic deaths, and many heroes acting to try and curb the march of evil. Today is a day that we remember those who have fallen, those who are still with us, and those who defend others in the hopes that one day we might find some sort of peace in the world.

Take time to honour those who fought so that we can enjoy our freedom. Remember them today and always.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Remember
To Remember

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 11th, 2013

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A beautiful image borrowed from Military Times.

Another year goes by and another series of war games is released. Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts have hit the market, entertaining millions with the prospect of shooting the snot out of each other. Please remember that real war is going on all around the world – and at one point, the ultimate evil was poised to plunge the world into darkness. Without the brave soldiers that stand united in the face of horrible odds, we would not be living the lives that we do today.

So please take time to honour those who fought so we could have our freedom. Not just today, but every day.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Remember
To Remember

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 11th, 2012

poppies
A beautiful image borrowed from Military Times.

Halo 4 has just been released; Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is just around the corner. It is easy to immerse ourselves in games like these – but we can never truly know the experience or the horror of real warfare – unless we have been in the midst of an armed conflict (whether as part of a military outfit or not). Real men and women fought and died for us to help preserve what peace we have left on Earth.

Good triumphing over evil has always come at great cost. Let’s take a moment today to honour these people; and then let’s do one better: and honour them every day.

For those who live in Barrie, Ontario (or for those who can get there easily), there is an event being held for the 95th Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele. My dear friend Steve Glover would really like it if you can make it if you are in the area. Check out the event page.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Remember
To Remember

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 11th, 2011

poppies
A beautiful image borrowed from Military Times.

Many of us fancy ourselves to be one brand of badass or another. We play games about war, bragging about how awesome we are at killing people – sometimes we forget to appreciate the fact that a good number of folks actually had to (and still have to) do that for real.

Just remember that these people who fought and died for us did so for the greater good – they rose to face the threat of evil and they won. The unfortunate part is that the cost was great. Please remember those who risked their lives so that those they fought for would have a better life. We would not be able to enjoy the things we have today were it not for these people.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Oh Canada!
We Thumb On Guard For Thee!

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 1st, 2011

Canada

Happy Canada Day to all of our readers! On July 1, 1967, we became a country. Canada has a lot to be proud of, that’s for sure; but what’s really great is that we get to celebrate it with everyone else! It’s not hard for us to hold our heads high and beat our chests in triumph; however, we wouldn’t really be who we are without the rest of the world. We are made up of a lot of great cultures and we would do well to always remember that.

So, all’s y’all, wave our flag with us! Thanks so much for making us a great country!

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Have Your Say
Vote!

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 1st, 2011

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This is not a logo for a superhero team. It is a reminder to exercise your right to choose someone that’s not a dumbass.

On May 2, 2011, in Canada, a general election is being held. Whether you are voting for the Evil Cyborg, the Absentee, the Tree Hugger, the Bloc-Head or the Tragically Hip: make sure to get your ass out there and vote. We need everyone that is eligible to get out to their assigned ballot station and express their opinion (anonymously, of course).

Click here (or the above image) for more information.


Remember
To Remember

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 11th, 2010

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A beautiful image borrowed from Military Times.

As gamers we play lots of titles in which death and destruction run rampant; we sit on the safety of our couches in our warm homes to settle back and deal virtual punishment to people around the world, people we have never even met.

Take a moment today to remember those who fought so that we might be able to live in a world where we are able to sit back and enjoy the things that we like; also take time to pay respects to those who are defending us at this very moment.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.