Remembrance doesn’t stop for a pandemic. We can still wear poppies and visit cenotaphs or war memorials on our own time. We can watch the national ceremony on TV or by live steam and we can still observe two minutes of silence at 11am. Remembrance is personal. We can all stop to reflect and remember on our own time and in our own way.
What follows is a CBC Archives recording of Halton’s reflections on Remembrance Day in 1944, as that “hard and cruel war [drew] slowly towards its bitter end.” Halton laments the mass destruction and death of two generations. He notes the terrible duality of war, that “splendid things come out of war, but war is a thing to be ashamed of,” and urges us to “not break the faith.” So far, we haven’t, at least in terms of world war scale, and we’d like to believe that remembrance has something to do with that.
We encourage you to listen with an open mind and an open heart. Halton offers a profound understanding of the meaning of Remembrance Day when the “tides of memory come in.” Enjoy and Lest We Forget.
2:18 Remembrance Day with Matthew Halton
Matthew Halton was the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s Senior War Correspondent from 1943. He covered the Second World War in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Northwest Europe.
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Matthew Halton’s reflections on Remembrance Day 1944 are from the CBC Digital Archives: https://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/1944-remembrance-day-with-matthew-halton
Garth Webb’s quote about D-Day from the Testaments of Honour Historical Archive and the Defining Moments Canada website: https://definingmomentscanada.ca/jbc75/dday/webb/
Mackenzie King’s speech to British Parliament from the British Pathé YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SlEvclY5LE&t=48s
Artillery firing sounds from the CBC News: The National YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsCSQ4uWR1Y
Winston Churchill’s “Finest Hour” speech from Jonathan Thomas’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB5wZtV1MWM
Spitfire sound effect from Jason Kirby’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgZI4tAoMN0
Dramatic Interlude by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com
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