Today we remember all who served and those who gave their lives so we may have our freedom. May we remember the families across the world who lost love ones, husbands, wives, sons and daughters during wars. It is difficult to put into words the deep gratitude I have for the men and women who died so I may live in a free country.
I would like to honour Mona Parsons, an unsung Canadian World War II war heroine from Wolfville Nova Scotia. She and her husband lived in the Netherlands where they hid fallen British Airmen in their home. They were caught by the Nazis. Mona spent 4 years in a Nazi labour camp before escaping and walking through Germany to Holland. As she entered Holland she was met by a Canadian regiment from Nova Scotia who helped her. One of the soldiers was from her town of Wolfville! She is the only Canadian woman to ever escape from a Nazi prison. Mona has received little recognition for her bravery, but a statue of her is being created and will be in honour of her courage and bravery in Wolfville in 2017. Mona was a dancer and she lifted the spirits of the other prisoners by her dancing.
There must be thousands and thousands of unsung heros and heroines. Today, I remember and honour them.
Here is a link to a CBC documentary about Mona Parsons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmLaI9_K6OQ
May our prayers of remembrance be full of deep gratitude, forgiveness and peace. May we all envision a world of peace, harmony and freedom. May Peace Prevail on Earth as we become more tolerant, loving and understanding of one another. May we never forget…
Jane Rosalea Brown