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Remembering the Fallen Soldiers
Hubert had a lot of other names
It happened to be a very beautiful sunny fall day this November 11, 2010 and on most beautiful days it was a good day for a walk. It just so happened that part of the route passed by a park on Hubert Corless Drive where none of the usual activities like a pick-up game of baseball or a road hockey game were taking place because the players were at school. Perhaps they had a morning ceremony to pay proper respect to those that served because it is Remembrance Day in this country (Canada). Your country may also acknowledge it as Remembrance Day or possibly recognize it as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day.
But what was important to notice, and take adequate time to read, was the dignified memorial in the park to the late Hubert Corless. He was a local farm boy who died at the age of 17 in World War I. He lost his life in battle at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. Hubert probably didn’t get to play much road hockey or take part in a pick-up baseball game and he certainly didn’t get the opportunity to grow old with his family and start one of his own. It was a fact of the times that many young boys didn’t get the chance to become young men and discover the wonders that the current young boys have at their disposal whether it is at school, on television, on their computer or in the park or street named for the fallen Hubert.
So Remembrance Day happens to be the observed day to commemorate the Hubert’s all over the world that allow us to do what we do, even if it is just a simple walk on a beautiful sunny fall day. Most of us will get that opportunity more than 17 times in our lifetime all because the Hubert’s made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. To all the Hubert’s let us say thank you today and whatever other day you walk on your Hubert Corless Drive or stroll in your Hubert Corless Park. Their families have only memories and pride while we have our way of life. The Hubert’s have made it possible for us to walk freely throughout our country. It would have been nice to see Hubert score a goal or two against his friends in a road hockey game. Instead, he is only a distant memory we should not forget.