“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Today’s Food For Thought Friday series is In Remembrance of all those who have served, who fought for freedom, and for the sacrifices they made. In Canada and other Commonwealth Nations, it’s Remembrance Day and in the United States, it’s Veterans Day.
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
– Maya Angelou
In Canada, this day is associated with red poppies and the poem In Flanders Fields – a war poem written by John McCrae.
Yesterday, at the age of 82, Leonard Cohen, Canada’s beloved poet and musician, returned to his spiritual form. Cohen was a man of many talents, and has a long list of accomplishments and achievements to his name – among them is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1984, Cohen wrote the song Hallelujah. Initially, it received little notoriety, but gained popularity after being featured in the 2001 film, Shrek.
Blog Beats: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
In honor of our fallen veterans, and Leonard Cohen, I am sharing this powerful and moving rendition of the song by Pentatonix:
It’s fitting that Cohen recited the remembrance day poem last year, listen:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!