Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget.  These are words that my generation has seen and heard since we were young children.  Born in the post-World War II era, we have never known war.  Instead, we have watched as the men who had fought in the Great War grew old and disappearred.  We now watch as our parents' generation who battled against facism go through the same inevitable process.

Every November we are once again reminded not to forget.  But with the passing of those who could tell us of the pain, the terror and yes the adventure of wartime, how do we honestly remember.  Many of our historians prefer to deal with the "big pictures" and the "big men".  As undeniably important as these presentations of the past are, how can we remember the efforts of the young farm boy who marched off to the fields of Flanders, never to be seen again.  Or the clerk who lived through the cold, wet evenings of bombardments in muddy trenches, only to catch some infection and die as a result.  Their deaths may not have been glorious and deserving of high medals, but their valour, for just being there, is something my generation cannot appreciate, cannot properly value.

For this reason, it is very important that the few facts surrounding ordinary soldiers who fought and perhaps died during these horrible episodes of world history, be made available for us all to think about.  The stories of these Canadian Pilons are the stories of our great uncles or great aunts.  They, and the times they lived in, must not be allowed to become faceless, featureless names and events submerged in general discussions which leave them only as silhouettes against a grey sky, a background for more important events and personnages.

Lest we forget them...and they are:

The Great War (1914 - 1918) World War II (1939 - 1945)
They Gave Their Lives They Gave Their Lives
Edward Pilon of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec (1883 - 1916) François Roland Joseph Pilon of Rockland, Ontario (1916 - 1943)
Norman Joseph Pilon of Windsor, Ontario (1896 - 1918) Joseph Germain Pilon of L'Orignal, Ontario (1919 - 1944)
They Were Wounded in Combat Philippe P. Pilon of Montréal, Québec (1913 - 1944)
Philip Pilon of Sudbury, Ontario (1891 - 1958) Bernard Gaston Pilon of Rockland, Ontario (1925 - 1945)
Phillip Pilon of Percefield, New York, USA (1897 - ) Gerard Russell Eddy Pilon of Montréal, Québec (1923 - 1945)
William Pilon of Chénéville, Québec (1884 -) Émile Clarence Pilon of Blind River, Ontario (1908 -1945)
Louis Rodolph Pilon of Ottawa, Ontario (1894 - 1960)
Fernand Pilon of Upton, Québec (1894 - 1955)
Joseph Pilon of Montréal, Québec (1886 - )
Ernest Pilon of Moose Creek, Ontario (1889 - )

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