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Editor Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express.
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It’s a time to reflect on who we are as a part of this great and vast country.    

I wanted to find a poem that poignantly reflected my sentiments but became a little disheartened because most of the poems touted the freedom that we once enjoyed.  

I love this country and my homeland, but it seems that the country we once knew has turned a crossroads where our freedoms are being eroded.  

It’s time for the people of this great country to “stand on guard… for The True North strong and free!” as our country anthem says. 

And if no one stands on guard for righteousness and truth, then we will fall to our demise as a country of freedom.  

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

My prayer continues to be: ‘GOD KEEP OUR LAND GLORIOUS AND FREE!”  

And then I came across a poem that touched the very essence of what every person should esteem to be within this great country.  

If we could all pursue the qualities of good character that are so eloquently laid out in the poem below by Grady Poulard, then we could possibly have a chance as we hope for a better tomorrow.    

“The Measure of a Man 

The measure of a man is not determined
By his show of outward strength
Or the volume of his voice Or the thunder of his actions
Or of his intellect or academic abilities
It is seen rather in the terms of the love that he has
For his family and for everyone
The strength of his commitments
The genuineness of his friendships
The sincerity of his purpose
The quiet courage of his convictions
The fun, laughter, joy and happiness that he gives
To his family and to others
His love of life and his patience and his honesty
And his contentment with what he has.”  

-By Grady Poulard

As individuals we need to do better…because in essence, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” - Pope John Paul II 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.