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Old 11-09-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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Monday Nov 11th is remembrance for those that are taking the day off, or for those that are working. Take a moment at 11:00 AM to stop what you're doing and reflect on the lives lost in the effort to stop the forces of utter evil and oppression.



Of the young men and woman who have willingly marched off and fought and laid their lives down to protect the things that we enjoy today.


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Old 11-09-2019, 06:18 PM   #2
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W5 on CTV tonight is a special about the Liberation of The Netherlands.

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On Monday I will be remembering my grandfather, John Oswald Whitten who fought with the Brits in WW1. He was an Irishman who joined the Militia and later found himself fighting in France. He was later captured by the Germans where he spend the rest of the war in a POW camp taking care of the horses. After the war he exchanged his helmet with a German officer.

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.
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I always get tears for this one...
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Only thing I miss from my marriage was my father in law, Bruce Ashley, out of Couts, broke horses from the age of 12, rustled cattle out of Montana during the depression to survive, joined the Calgary Tank Regiment, Dieppe, Italy then back to Canada with his war bride, moved to Winnipeg and joined the fire department, invalided out as a Lt.

Still breaking horses at 75, started the day with a huge glass of rye and spent his retirement pretty mush sloshed but hell of a man.

I miss him still.
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Following that post here you go, from Dieppe.
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In memory of my Dad from 2006. His last trip to Dieppe
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On Monday I will be remembering my grandfather, John Oswald Whitten who fought with the Brits in WW1. He was an Irishman who joined the Militia and later found himself fighting in France. He was later captured by the Germans where he spend the rest of the war in a POW camp taking care of the horses. After the war he exchanged his helmet with a German officer.

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.
That’s a great story and really too bad that those items are missing. I wonder if there is some way medals can be replaced. Not replicas, but something official from the armed forces. I know it would’t be exactly the same, but it would still be nice to have for the family.

Also wondering if the exchange of helmets was a thing that was usual.
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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
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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
Or Thanksgiving. The fact Thanksgiving (a day that is celebrated because the Prince of Wales in 1870 something recovered from an illness) is a stat in most provinces and Remembrance Day (a day infinitely more important to the nation) isn't a recognized holiday in most of the country, is absurd.
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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

It won't, it'll fade.



While I feel its hugely important to teach Canadian History and especially Canada's role in WW1, WW2, Korea and even the various UN missions. Schools are no longer doing more then glossing over Canada's military history, or as one friend told me, ignoring it all together.


As the old vets die, their stories aren't being told anymore.
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Im actually pretty disgusted right now. Been reading a lot of comments online from people that think the poppy is jingoism and represents things like war for oil and oppression.

Un ####ing real.
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My mom sent me a letter that my Grandfather wrote outlining his history in the War. I think I was talking to you bigtmac about you maybe having pics of him in the Netherlands? I'll see if I can post the whole thing... nothing too exciting, but it's a part of our history.
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It's absolutely amazing and horrifying what some of these people sacrificed for our way out life, and at such young ages. I hope that's never forgotten, but it sure does seem a lot more people take it for granted than there used to be.
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While I feel its hugely important to teach Canadian History and especially Canada's role in WW1, WW2, Korea and even the various UN missions. Schools are no longer doing more then glossing over Canada's military history, or as one friend told me, ignoring it all together.


As the old vets die, their stories aren't being told anymore.
CC there are lots of young vets as well.

As long as we remember they won’t die.

I’ll tip a glass to the two soldiers below that made the ultimate sacrifice.

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CC there are lots of young vets as well.

As long as we remember they won’t die.

I’ll tip a glass to the two soldiers below that made the ultimate sacrifice.

RIP

Trust me I know that.


With the emphasis of Canda's roles in the various roles, it will lose its importance to the next generation, and eventually it will be that extra day off at Christmas.
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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.
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