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Old 11-10-2019, 06:57 PM   #21
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I hope in my lifetime Remembrance Day becomes more important to Canadians than Christmas Day,Good Friday or Easter. I believe Nov 11th should be the most celebrated day of the year
There will always be wars and people dying. People won't forget.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:23 PM   #22
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I hope people won’t forget but I have to agree with the observation it’s losing some significance. I remember having a service in school and actually learning about it. It seems more an afterthought now and just “that sorta holiday in November” for a lot of people. It frosts me that as soon as Halloween is over, it’s a Christmas onslaught. There’s nothing commercial about Remembrance Day which is why but I think it should be more revered and a stat holiday. I also think anyone why steals a poppy box needs to be publicly shamed forever, but that’s a different topic.

I have a vivid memory of being in the Bondi Beach Yacht Club in Sydney on Remembrance Day 2006. The club basically stopped everything, turned up the radio broadcast right before 11 and had a moment of silence. Everyone stood for the impromptu service. I thought it was a great touch. I wish more places did that.
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Yeah, I remember the school services. My History teacher freaked out when she found out I was an active reservist, and decided that I had to participate and take part in the ceremony in full dress uniform. She even phoned my unit to demand it.


At that point, I hadn't told a lot of people what I did, I just kind of vanished on weekends and during the summer for exercises. I don't know why I was secretive about it.


So there I was in full dress uniform with a couple of kids who were sea and army cadets. Then I ended up spending the rest of the day in uniform after receiving instructions from my unit to stay in uniform all day.
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:13 PM   #24
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:00 AM   #25
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In memory of my Dad from 2006. His last trip to Dieppe
A really interesting fact about this cemetery is that it was the German's who buried the bodies and in doing so they buried them in a traditional German cemetery arrangement which they elected not to change, making it the only commonwealth cemetery to look like this.
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:17 AM   #26
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A really interesting fact about this cemetery is that it was the German's who buried the bodies and in doing so they buried them in a traditional German cemetery arrangement which they elected not to change, making it the only commonwealth cemetery to look like this.
Had no clue of this, amazing really
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Old 11-11-2019, 01:18 AM   #27
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Here's another neat image. Its a Statement of War Service Gratuity.
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:55 AM   #28
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Just returned from services at my town's Cenotaph. Terrible weather today, I think it affected the turnout.
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Old 11-11-2019, 01:46 PM   #29
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Went to a lovely remembrance day service with my grandmother who is a veteran of the second world war. 99 years old. She was emotional and you can tell how much it means to her still. I hope it never becomes an afterthought for our country.
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Please remember to take a moment today to remember those who served, their families and those who fell. As time marches further away from the great conflicts it can be more difficult for us to put ourselves in their situation.

They were thrust into the cauldron of fire and horrors. Not privy to the full picture of what was happening just there fulfilling their duty, surrounded by unrelenting suffering.

This is why today exists, to remember those that went. To remember why we shouldn’t allow ourselves to let it happen again.

I will not forget their sacrifices for they allow me to live the life that I do.

I will remember them.
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Just want to take a moment to thank our Calgary Puck veterans and all the others for serving our country.
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This was from taken at the Hill 70 memorial in Lens, France
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Laid a wreath for my lodge (shout out to the Independent Order of Oddfellows) at the Ladner War Memorial, lovely ceremony, Delta Police Pipe Band was excellent, 4 plane fly past by 4 NA T6's a couple of thousand spectators, many of whom were not white.
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Thanks everyone for sharing memories and remembrances. My family has served for generations and it is nice to see people still honour them.
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And the young people ask me, "what are they marching for?" And I ask myself the same question.
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Always a sombering experience looking through these WW2 Momentos from my grandfather. Wish I was old enough to learn more about his WW2 experience in person.

Tough SOB in the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was among the toughest. Little known fact, they raced ahead of the Allied lines to prevent the Soviets from reaching Denmark. If it wasn't for your grandfather, my Dad's home wouldn't have been free for most of the 20th century. My grandparents could never have emigrated here in 1952. I would never have existed.

Writing that teared me up.
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He got on a boat with his wife and and came to Canada where they settled on a farm in in Southern Manitoba. He kept that helmet in the root cellar of his farm along with his gun and medals he received. He would show them to us three kids when we come visit. Sadly all have gone missing.
I actually looked into it online. The UK Department of Defense will re-issue medals but there has to be some proof that they were either stolen or destroyed. So you would need a police report or insurance claim. The point is moot though, because they can only do it for awards after WWI.
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I think it is criminal that people seem to be losing a sense of the gravity of Remembrance Day. We have always been insistent that our entire family (even when my kids were very young) attend a Remembrance Day ceremony and properly show our gratitude to those who fought for our freedom and way of life.

This year the company I work for did a special tribute to our veterans, which is something that is near & dear to my heart. For those who haven't seen it, some of you may find it interesting.

https://www.cpr.ca/en/media/canadian...al-locomotives

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...Ymodjt__0rbCg4
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1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was among the toughest. Little known fact, they raced ahead of the Allied lines to prevent the Soviets from reaching Denmark. If it wasn't for your grandfather, my Dad's home wouldn't have been free for most of the 20th century. My grandparents could never have emigrated here in 1952. I would never have existed.

Writing that teared me up.
Thanks for sharing that!
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