Memories #RemembranceDay #CanadaRemembers


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Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. It made me start thinking of our part in the war and all those poor soldiers endured.

This is from Veteran Affairs Canada:

The armistice of November 11, 1918, brought relief to the whole world. Never before had there been such a conflict. For a nation of eight million people Canada’s war effort was remarkable. More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served — over 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded. It was this immense sacrifice that lead to Canada’s separate signature on the Peace Treaty. No longer viewed as just a colony of England, Canada had truly achieved nation status. This nationhood was purchased by the gallant men who stood fast at Ypres, stormed Regina Trench, climbed the heights of Vimy Ridge, captured Passchendaele, and entered Mons on November 11, 1918.

Sixty-six thousand lives. Hard to imagine.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Darlene says:

    Thanks for this moving rendition of In Flanders Field read by Leanord Cohen as no one else can do. Perfect.

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    1. Agreed, Darlene. His voice resonates in our hearts {{hugs}}

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  2. Staci Troilo says:

    This day is so important to commemorate. Happy Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day.

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    1. My daughter was just telling me they’ve planned a ‘wave of bells’ across Canada: “At 4:29 p.m., we are asking anyone or any organization that has a bell to ring their bell 100 times at five-second intervals. It will end at sunset in Victoria, B.C. Each province will have their own set time to begin ringing the bells.”
      The Bells of Peace- The Canadian Legion organized the Bells of Peace to remember when news of the Armistice broke and church bells rang out spontaneously across Canada.

      “This powerful sound symbolizing peace from coast to coast will allow Canadians to stop, remember and feel the joy that the end of war brought after so much death and destruction,” said the Legion’s Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine in a press release.

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        That sounds beautiful.

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  3. Just got back from the Remembrance Day concert in Ottawa, where my daughter was in the choir, along with the national youth orchestras of both Canada and Germany. It was an amazing and moving event, with original compositions based on letters between soldiers and their mothers and on poems written in the trenches.

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    1. That sounds amazing, David. I hope they show some of it on the news tonight. I remember my daughter participating in our local Remembrance Day events as a child. It filled me with pride and instilled a sense of empathy in her for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
      Thank you for sharing your day. Tell your daughter she did a good thing ❤️

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    2. I’m sorry I couldn’t comment on Triberr, for some reason it won’t let me 😦

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  4. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Leonard Cohen has such a fantastic voice! And Flanders is in my country 😉

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    1. Oh, how cool! The pictures I’ve seen are beautiful, Sophie {{hugs}}

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