John-Ward Leighton

REUNION 2005
145 Years, Calgary, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

In the here and now,
balding or white haired
we search the faces for old friends
to see how they have fared.
We know we must make the best
of the here and now
and we still don’t know
the why, or the when, or the how.
Our regiment will keep on marching on
and we will note our heroes who have gone.
The bugle snaps across the hall
blowing Reveille
for the long and the short and the tall.
Last Post will sing its mournful song
for those still standing
and those of us that are gone.
So for all of them and all of us
for Queen and Canada,
IN PACE PARATUS.

Author’s Note: The Latin “In Pace Paratus” is the regimental motto, “In Peace Prepared”