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November-09-14
A thought in Remembrance, 2014. Please Know, We Will Remember Them.

A nation is measured by the hearts that beat
That make up its collective soul
And is witnessed in steps taken forth
As across a world they've roamed
I gathered my thoughts reluctantly
While about, out on a walk
A blustery day, as wind blew by
Leaves falling from the sky
I looked into the heavens
As tears were rolling down
My cheeks a chill, the tears they froze
As at once I realized
The leaves were endless soldiers
Who stood for all and gave
So we might each day have the joy
To walk in freedom's way
To not be hiding who we are
Not worry, to grow old
To not be shuffled to the side
To stand and be so bold
To demand that freedom is the goal
Of our nation standing strong
For founded in the leaves that blow
Are the hearts, the very souls
The torches passed to soldiers
From a brethren strong and free
Who stood and said no more, no more
As tyranny roamed the streets
Of far off lands, now close at home
They stood, they lived, they died
They paid the price of freedom
The price of Canada
For they have stood and given all
On behalf of all of us
A tear is just a moment
A fleeting moment's thought
2 minutes in a year that's passed
For freedom for all of us
2 minutes to remember
Those who lived, those who gave
That we could build a nation strong
Stronger by the day
But only through reflection
In the pool of tears now shed
For those who gave their very all
That we might live the dream they bled
A precious little flower
A poppy just to say
That we remember
Those who stood
In such an honoured way
Please stop for just a moment
A thought, a prayer, a tear
For those who've lost
Those who've stood
Their families, loved ones, friends
Please reflect on what
Life might have brought
If not for all of them

By Roger Borchert

Thank You to all those who have served, serve presently, all of their families, loved ones, and friends who walk so nearby their sides and support them as they step forth on our behalf. A very special Thank You to all those who have shared and lost their loved one in the service or because of their service on behalf of our Canada.

Our hearts, our tears, our prayers
We Will Remember Them
The Borchert Family, Morinville, Alberta
June-16-14
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March-20-14
Still thinking about him, we miss you buddy.
December-24-13
For the families and children of our fallen this Christmas 2013

Colours glowing near a window pain
Shimmer gentle, seen, the sight
Lifting hearts in yuletide's glow
On Christmas Eve, tonight
Let them hear the carols
Sung on high
Sung in hearts so light
Sung with all the love that grew
Sung with all their might
As they gather close
Around their Christmas tree
Recall a life time, shared
Broke into tears, for a life once shared
With a nation
With all of us
Oh Lord our child of Canada
Lost a soldier, Oh So Dear
To a world that needed
A strong, strong heart
To stand, to say, no more
In a world gone so terribly wrong
On behalf of me and you
They stood, they gave, all that they could
Left those they loved behind
We now cherish, the very thought
A thought that's so profound
Hearts have risen high above
As angle's wings do fly
Carrying forth their love so dear
We hold them near to us
Their wives, their children
Their moms, their dads
Their families, loved ones, friends
And those who walked at their sides
On behalf of all of us
As sunshine gathers, sparkles thought
In the snow that's on a tree
May the beauty of the gift they gave
Shine on for you and me
May the warmth of love surround their hearts
Quell the hurt, the pain the loss
May it bring your soldier, mom, or dad
Close to you tonight
May they wrap their loving arms so tight
Hold you close and oh so near
And let you know you're never alone
At this precious time of year
In life, in birth, a special child
Was born on Christmas morn
To bring to you that special chance
To be near to them once more

May the Joy of Christmas warm your hearts and lift your spirits high
Shine the glow that Christmas brings
Close to you tonight

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake/Morinville, Alberta
Our hearts, Our tears, Our prayers, Shared, This Christmas 2013
rogbor@live.ca
November-10-13
We Will Remember Them. Written for Remembrance Day 2013

For those who've stood at the gates of hell
As battle rages forth
And stood to hold their line, their fate
To lift a new world rising forth
A world in which freedom's hand
Was openly held toward
To those to escape the bonds that bind
To hold them ever more
From the clutches, the beating down
Their spirit and their hearts
Those who held that outstretched hand
To those who needed help
So thankful all a world should be
For they stood for another voice
One that held our hearts, our minds
Standing very close
Freedom is not just a venture forth
It is a way of life
That lends us all, the gift to stand
Go forth for what is right
And allow all those to climb aboard
Who see it in their sight
Oh Lord you gave us choices
Good or evil found in hearts
The two, so very different hold
Our worlds so far apart
Tonight I looked into the coals
Of embers burning bright
And saw the life of those who share
Our nation's glowing light
At first their dreams are smoke and mirrors
Of a life that used to be
And then each soldier rises up
Gives meaning to where they've been
Learning pride, remembrance
From those who've stood before
Those who tossed the torch that holds
Their futures, evermore
So many didn't return back home
They lay where poppies grow
So many others caught their torch
And across our earth they've roamed
Within this new world
They have worked so hard
To help to come about
A world where sons, where daughters, rise
And share a brand new world's spark
Lord love them for they took a stand
And said no more, no more
A message needed
In our world today
As terror knocks on every door
We could never wander very far
From these hearts so warm that said
Our world needs us brave enough
To stand in terror's way
So as you sit around a campfire's light
Look in and see how bright
The glow that warmed those hearts to stand
As they stood for all of us
We can never forget that step they took
We remember those who gave
All they could towards a better world
A better world today

We Thank Them
We Will Remember Them
Strong of heart
Strong in spirit
Glowing heroes to recall each day

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta

rogbor@live.ca
March-30-13
My poem, written for this Easter 2013, in respect of those who have given their very all to bring about a better world on our behalf and in recognition of their families, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers who miss them so deeply at each Easter Sunday meal. May They R.I.P. We Will Remember Them.

Empty chairs each Easter Sunday
In homes across our land
Tears flowing gently
For each son or daughter
Mom or dad
Who gave a heart to Canada
Stood proud for me and you
Stepped forth to make a difference
In a world, in need, they knew
I've seen comets
I've seen meteors
But what I saw the other night
Was a glowing ball
Streak across the sky
In slow motion, in its flight
It glowed so bright, like mini moon
Its colour just the same
And then in the spirit with which it came
Turned to darkness once again
Overjoyed in what, I had seen
It was not a shooting star
It was a light that lifted high
In the brief moment of its spark
Oh lord, so many soldiers
So young and full of life
Have moved my heart
In this gentle way
As they've stood so far apart
Parted from their families
Parted from their friends
Stood so tall for who we are
Given all that could be given
Now held so close, within the hearts
Of those who miss them so
As bright, as seen, this palm Sunday's eve
Not unlike a story foretold
Of a son who gave his very all
So others would follow
Follow in a dream, a way
That a world would see a light
Of goodness spread across a world
At freedoms dawning sight
Oh Lord be near our soldier
Who also gave a life
For all to see a better world
On behalf of all of us
Lord, I dare not compare your son of life
To our warriors brave and true
I only give this humble voice
Of their efforts, the good, they do
Standing tall
Standing brave
Standing with all you shared
Within their hearts as young they were
To mold them
Brave for you

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
rogbor@live.ca
January-19-13
Andrew's Family~~ I am a friend of John and Zoe Rocheleau. Today is my birthday and would have been Andrew's 27th birthday. I honor his place in your family and how the joy he brought to you has been missing since August 4, 2008. For every birthday of mine, I will remember Andrew, his service and the missing smile at your table, holidays and in your physical presence. MJ Welch Brandon, Manitoba
December-24-12
For the Families of Our Fallen This Christmas 2012

Angel's feathers falling
To remind us they're up there
Wind chimes sounding gently
To let us know the lord is near
Today is but a lull, in winter's nasty chill
One can see the storm clouds building
Circling, all around us now
We hold so close the warmth that was
To let it not escape
Yet no matter how hard we try
The warmth, it finds the gate
The chill it reaches down inside
Attaches to the spine
Sends shivers climbing through us now
Hearts are frozen held in time
For those who've lost a loved one, friend
Tis all they can endure
A hope, a wish, a prayer, t'would bring
Their loved one home again
Oh Lord their Soldier stood for all
Please warm these hearts so chilled
So they may find the warmth once shared
With this one no longer near
As they look out through the window
Let the moon and stars, shine bright
Let all about, it glisten forth
On this, this special night
Another hero gave his all
The one who led the way
For them to find a life beyond
And faith to find a day
A way to climb a staircase
To the heavens high above
To join a son, a daughter, friend
To be together once more as one
Oh lord you sent your son, our gift
To those who lend a heart
To those who've given all and more
For those life has forgot
We stand so near, so near Oh Lord
In praise, in solitude
Await a time, a time to share
A loved one entrusted unto you

Thank you Lord
Merry Christmas To All
We will Remember Them Until You Meet Again
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, Alberta
rogbor@live.ca
November-11-12
For Remembrance Day 2012

Flurries of snow across our land
A chilly wind bites at the spine
As we stand for those who stood for all
In far off distant lands
Some recall the void, the pain within
Left in hearts, in minds, in lives
Who were impacted at the loss of those
Their lives never the same again
Friends recall fond memories
Child in tears for a mom or dad
A wife recalls the horror of war
That turned her life, a living hell
A mother or father stands in thought
A loss beyond belief
Of one who was their heart their soul
Since counting tiny toes upon their feet
Fellow soldiers, comrades
Loved ones, friends
In their minds they bring them near
In special thoughts of those they've lost
While fighting over there
We as Canadians
Stand proud, respect
All those who stood for all
Sent from a nation whose open heart
Has provided a world a home
Oh lord my heart so empty
As I stand, two minutes given
Just a moment's time
For the life they gave
On behalf of all of us
I cannot be prouder Canada
I could never turn away
From those who've shared
Their loved one forth
A debt we could not repay
Stand proud, Remember, Oh Canada
For those who stand for us
For their families, friends, and comrades too
For they gave for me and you
We are focused on the flower
Began in fields so far away
An image to be remembered now
On each Remembrance Day

We Who Remember Them
Are forever in their debt
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, AB
September-03-12
Written in thoughts of the Families of Our Fallen

Such joy rode the sun's beam
The day a child was born
Then thunder roared
Shook those near
And left their hearts forlorn
They had watched the child
Shared all their love
Instilled a strength beyond
A strength that grew year by year
And settled on the flag above
A gift to a nation
From one who gave and gave
To bring about a better world
To keep our world safe
Oh Lord we will remember
Those who've given all
Please hold them close
Hold them near
For us they stood so tall
Now heartbreak wakes each morning
Time it heals not
For those who loved the soldier
Who gave more than he got
Lord let them know
From hearts so near
We're nearby at their side
Ready to lift, to hold them strong
We've seen the tears they cried
We now share in their journey
As hearts forlorn grow strong
They know we're nearby
With a thought, a care
We know love is never gone

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta

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