Remember Family

If you have a minute, I urge you to read A Soldier’s Request.

As we approach Remembrance Day this week, I would like to thank my family for the support that they have provided to me throughout my endeavours as a soldier. I know that it is from family that soldiers draw their strength to be able to do what it is that soldiers do. I have been blessed with a wonderful family. A mother who told me that I could do whatever I put my heart into, a sister who would most likely have deployed in my ruck sac to Afghanistan and fought beside me had it been possible, an extended step family who has shown me more love than I can even contain into words, grandparents who have provided an example of the strength of character a soldier aspires to, and friends who have truly stuck by me through thick and thin.

Like Sgt Wadleigh, I encourage you this Remembrance Day to remember the families of soldiers who did not return home.


  1. Janet says:

    Hi Ashley,
    It’s the morning of November 11 and I am thinking of you. I just read your post and “A Soldiers Request.” Thank YOU for what you did and continue to do, for being a huge part of our life who we talk to others about proudly!! I am so excited that we will all be together, if only for some hours, at Christmas time when we can laugh and hug and be family for a short time physically together!! Ed and I will be thinking of you today as well as your Grampie and my Dad who participated in WWII and the families of those who did not return home. Love, Janet


  2. Ed says:

    Hi Ashley, Growing up there was little thought off November 11 in our home. Out of survival or indifference I do not know. In my late teens I started attending Remembrance Day services and there grew a deep gratitude to all who gave so greatly. Seeing Ron and later Melvin wear their medals so proudly yet so humbly just made my gratitude more concreate.The pride that I have felt for you has been without rival from the first time we met. Your laughter, joy and life are beautiful. You played the last post at a Remembrance Day service because of your love for your grandfather and I have never listened to that song the same sense. Seeing that beautiful girl, with great fear, give her very best has just been the cornerstone of your life. You will be known by what you do and how you have loved and given, but I know you for who you are, the beautiful girl you, against all fear, and sometimes logic has given her all to the ones she loves so dearly. Forgive me, I beg for my voice does not reach your ear nearly enough, please hold in your heart the deep unchanging love for my girls. Ed


  3. Farrah says:

    This Remembrance Day was bitter sweet as mum and Bill were here in Baltimore, but I wished we all could have been together in Canada. The past 6 Remembrance Days I have been in the US for, and each time I long to be with my family. The reverence that I remember from those days were almost more magical than Christmastime. I am so thankful that the sense of remembrance were engrained in us as children. As an adult, I appreciate the depth of maturity that reverence brings to life. As a teacher, to encourage remembrance in my students is probably one of the largest challenges. I seek patience as I ask myself why this reverence was not a common value for the culture of this young generation, and how I am to find my role within this. Nonetheless, I am appreciative of the work my family has done to form me, and I look forward to returning back to Canada soon to be with you :).


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