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Poem by North Bay soldier read in Ontario's legislature

"So many young men laying there, Some stones are marked unknown."
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They gave their lives that we might live The life we live today Make sure the life they gave for us Was not just thrown away

In the Ontario Legislature this week, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli commemorated Remembrance Day and read a poem by his good friend, and North Bay resident, Lionel Murphy. 

Lionel Murphy, Legion Branch 23, North Bay wrote this poem for Remembrance Day. Sadly, he died just over a month ago. He was 91.

On This Great Day

I wandered through the field today

A field of marble stone

So many young men laying there

Some stones are marked unknown

 

They gave their lives that we might live

The life we live today

Make sure the life they gave for us

Was not just thrown away

 

So many that have fallen

In battle lost and won

So many young lives taken

Before their lives began

 

They fought for love

Not for fame

For love of country

They lit the flame

 

They died alone

Or in a crowd

For those that did so

Let’s be proud

 

And now they lay in far off fields

Their duty done, the torch is passed

We must not let their memory lapse

And take the torch that they have passed

 

For if we fail to carry on

Our liberty may soon be gone

And many lives will bear the cross

Of liberty that we have lost




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