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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:48 pm

What exactly is that??? well, I will explain. So many people, young people have forgotten, that this is the time we remember all the men and women that fought for our freedom. In many wars over the years. World war 1, World war 2, the Korean conflict and so on. Many men and women gave their lives for our freedom in these wars. Some came home as cripples, some came home losing their minds. We are lucky to have our freedom because of these men and women and the sacrifices they faced. We need to teach all generations about the  suffering they endured.
I served my country for 3 years but thank the Lord that I was never involved in any serious conflict, close a few times, but never any serious battle. I would have gone and was prepared to do so given my training. God bless all our veterans, past, present and future, for what they give. May the Lord protect, care and watch over them, for the protection they gave us. chuckles


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Post by Tan on Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:11 pm

I so agree with all you have said our Rich, they all went out there and gave their all, and more, so many very young too. Some even upped their age so they could go to war.
So terribly sad of course so many never came back home, and those who did had terrible injuries, and memories that will did and will last a life time.
I will always be grateful to each and every one of them.
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Post by June on Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:49 pm

I'm sure all of us here, and nationwide, will remember, as will be witnessed by the ceremony on Sunday, not just in London but in every church throughout the land.  One day set aside for the purpose.
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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:59 am

I hope you enjoy this poem as I thought it would be fitting because we celebrate remembrance day tomorrow.

THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass
He  hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his  brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal  with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My  Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders  and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who  carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most  Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've  been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I  never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I  worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too  steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times  I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept  unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the  people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their  fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be  so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't,  I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the  throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited  quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now,  you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully  on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in  Hell.'

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Post by June on Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:47 am

Very nice Rich. hug 

We celebrated here this morning.
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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:55 am

Thanks June, we always celebrate on the exact day of Nov. 11 and there will be a ceremony downtown at the cenataph and of course in Ottawa our nations capital. I plan on going to the ceremony tomorrow.

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Post by June on Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:58 am

We celebrate on the nearest Sunday but the 2 minute silence will be observed tomorrow (the 11th) in most shops and offices all over the country. Everything comes to a halt at 11.00am Nodding Yes
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Post by Tan on Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:25 am

Such a very touching poem for sure our Rich. 
God Bless the Soldier and all who so sadly died at war. hug 

As our June says our Rich, and I will also place our Remembrance Banners tomorrow for Remembrance Day.

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:35 am

Sounds good our lovely Tan and like I said I will be going to the ceremony downtown tomorrow. I never miss it. chuckles

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:44 am

Moving Poem, Rich.
Our Remembrance Day is the 25th April.
I lost relations in 2 wars. There are no winners in war.
I remember them often through the year, not just remembrance day.

Just watched a video someone posted on another site.
Very moving Images.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTkGNcntD7s

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:53 am

Thanks Dougie, glad you enjoyed the poem. I had lots of veterans on both sides of my family. My grandfather, my father and myself were all veterans. I had one aunt and all of my uncles were veterans and they all came home. chuckles

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:00 am

My Brother did come home from the Vietnam War a shattered man.
Been under Psychiatric care and Medications ever since.

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Post by Tan on Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:24 am

So very moving the video our Dougie, seeing all those who were never to come home again.
Such a waste of many many lives, all in the name of War.

Also of course the many who were able to eventually come home, but so much in mind they brought back to be remembered for all time. So tragic.
As so sadly how your Brother is to this very day. 
They will never ever be forgotten. 
God Bless them all, and your 2 relations as well. hug 

Isla St. Clair sang with such feeling, emotion, and sincerity.


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Post by Tan on Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:30 am

Rich wrote:I had lots of veterans on both sides of my family. My grandfather, my father and myself were all veterans. I had one aunt and all of my uncles were veterans and they all came home. chuckles
So pleased both sides of your family stayed safe and came home again our Rich.
Such a relief for all of your family.

My Granddad, my Dad's Father, was a prisoner of war, he had been badly treated, injured too. He never spoke about what he went through, mainly through I heard a lot of trauma, but then later on I was told he said he will never complain of what he went through, as he was fortunate to come home, not like a lot of his friends. 

God Bless them all too.


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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:41 am

My grandfather was in the English Army, he joined a calvary regiment in Scotland. He fought in the trenches at Ypres and Vimy ridge. 6 months before the war was over he was gassed in the trenches and spent the rest of the war in a hospital outside London. Thank God he came home and never had any complications from this attack, because I wouldn't be here. chuckles I honour all of allied veterans and God bless them all. We must NEVER forget what they did for us and the sacrifices they made.

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Post by Tan on Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:11 am

So many sacrifices for sure our Rich. Too many.

I can't help but think of all those who went to War, those sadly who never came home, and those who did come home, so many terribly injured, physically and mentally too.

Then all trying their best to make their life ahead, and do all they needed to do, with little assistance too.

Seeing all the Veterans proudly wearing their very well earned medals, even to this day of course, it is so very deeply touching to see.

But I feel they must at least sometimes, look around them, see how the world is so much these days, how a lot of people cause so much trouble, like fighting, murders in many ways, etc. Also many able-bodied people not wanting to work, getting their hands filled with money without doing anything to put back into the pot so to speak. 

I wonder if those veterans think 'What did we do all that for'.

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:15 am

Yes and what burns my arse is the younger generations here. They are not taught about the wars and about our veterans, at least not like we were. That really saddens me because we always went to the remembrance day celebration when I was a kid.

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Post by Tan on Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:37 am

I was able to go to our Remembrance Sunday last year in Town. 
Sadly due to a few medical issues, I was not able to go this year, but I paid my respects in my way while watching the Remembrance Sunday Service on the television.

Last year when I went, (and please forgive me everyone for saying as I saw, and felt).
But there I hardly saw any youths, (children of course as their parents/grandparents were there) but young men and young women, meaningfully wanting to be there, I did not see many at all. 

We are a multi-cultural/ethnic society, yet I didn't notice many at all come to pay any respects for the Country they chose to live in. 
I certainly did not have that thought in my mind when I went there to pay my respects, it was just something that struck me, so I took note, and looked all around. 

I fully understand a lot are not able to get there, as I couldn't this year. We can all pay our respects in various ways. But it was as mentioned what I noted.

It was an honour to take photo's of two elderly Gentlemen while I was there, one was in a wheelchair, he had his medals proudly on his Jacket, I filled up when I got talking to him, as it came clear he knew he was one of the lucky ones who survived, yet had carried all he had seen, and what he had been through during the War, with him for the rest of his life.

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Post by honeybee on Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:11 am

Thank You  our Rich love the poem. As I have said before my dad married my mom not long after the war (second) I remember him yelling in his sleep with nightmares when I was a child. My mom just said he has nighmares of the war. I know he told Alan about it alot. With him having 3 girls he did not chat much of the war
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Post by honeybee on Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:41 am

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:55 am

Very moving our Honeybee and a wonderful tribute. chuckles

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Post by honeybee on Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:30 am

Rich wrote:Very moving our Honeybee and a wonderful tribute. chuckles
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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:54 am

Hi folks here are a few photos I shot down at the cenotaph yesterday. Very VERY crappy weather for ceremony as it was cold, wet and windy.

Cenotaph 1

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Cenotaph 2 you can see the Casino tower in the background

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Cenotaph 3

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Cenotaph 4

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Post by Tan on Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:04 am

Thank you so much our Rich for taking these photo's of the Cenotaph there to share with us. 
Such a shame about the weather, but wonderful to see all the Wreaths there, and to see the Plaque.

God Bless them all, never to be forgotten.

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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:16 am

Thanks Tan and what I enjoyed the most, apart from the weather, was all the flags around the cenotaph. On the one side we see the province of Ontario flag, the Union Jack and Canada's flag. On the other side, you see the flags of our armed forces, from left to right, the naval ensign, the army ensign and the air force ensign. chuckles

Because we were a colony of the United Kingdom, for so many years, most of our flags here have a small Union Jack in the upper left hand corner.

During the first world war we were a british dominion that is why you see the Union Jack on the one side.


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