Poem urges all to remember

Grade 12 student Matthew Marioni submitted the following poem for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Annual Poster and Literary Contest.

  • Jan. 25, 2011 5:00 p.m.
Mike Jalonen

Mike Jalonen

Grade 12 student Matthew Marioni submitted the following poem for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Annual Poster and Literary Contest.

The Fulton secondary student’s poem will now be submitted in competition to the BC/Yukon Command.

The Day We

Were Remembered

What do I know about Remembrance Day?

I know about WWI and WW II

It was on a test in Social Studies Class

Personally, I can’t remember

I wasn’t there and I don’t know them

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get it

Everybody tells me “Remember

Those who died on the battlegrounds

And be glad it wasn’t you”

I grew up in a generation of forgetfulness

Of people who don’t care and who say

“I wasn’t born, so why should I care”

The answer…because we couldn’t help them

We couldn’t aid or encourage them

We couldn’t even give them hope

I live in a generation of Ignorance

Of acceptance that the past is the past

That the present is the present

A generation that does not dwell or care

Yet is taught to remember

What we want to forget….

When the day is over we resume our lives

Treading on every corpse

Left behind and forgotten

We pretend we know nothing

The nothing that liberated, loved

Fought and died for us

We must not forget

The day we were remembered

By the forgotten souls…our friends

Lest we forget….Lest I forget