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Mike Bobbitt
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I've found over the years that everyone has a slightly different way of remembering and honouring our Canadian vets.

Some of us raise a glass in toast to fallen comrades, many observe a minute of silence, but there are countless other ways people remember.

Regardless of the method, I hope that we will each take a moment to honour our past and serving members, and appreciate the sacrifices the have made.

I for one will be lucky enough to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony put on by my old reserve unit, The West Nova Scotia Regiment.

I'd be curious to hear where and how others are going to remember.

Cheers



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I'll be going to the national service at the War Memorial here in Ottawa.
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I wish I could do more, but I'm going to the ceremony in Victoria Park in London.
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Showing your support and appreciation by attending a public service is a great way to show your respect.
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I will be attending the Legion service in Richmond Hill at the Centopath at 11 A.M. I will lay 3 wreaths.
1 for the Ladies Auxiliary, 1 for my father and 1 for my uncle who was killed Aug. 12, 1944. Mother used to lay the one for my uncle. She is no longer with us, so I will. [Canadian]
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On this day, I thank those who died in the wars, especially the Korean War, for my freedom.

When Kim Il Sung decided to united Korea by force of arms, South Korea crumbled. But 16 countries decided to answer the call to fight for freedom and they came and they died. Some of them came fight communist invaders. Some came to rejoin the military life they loved. But they answered the call and because of them, South Korea remains free, and I, a descendant of South Korea, remain in freedom.
So this day I thank with all my heart to those who fought and died in Korean War.... For without them, I would be living in North Korean dictatorship.
The 16 countries were
Australia
Canada
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Belgium
Luxembourg
Colombia
Ethiopia
France
Greece
the Netherlands
the Philippines
Thailand
Turkey
South Africa
United States
Some other countries sent supplies and medical staff as well.

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Icon 12 posted 11. November 2001 21:39
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I'm sorry, after today's parade I just don't think I can add any thing this. I listened to the Deputy PM, Herb Grey, he towed the political party line for the longest of any speaker up there. The rest thanked the Vets for their contribution and left. The Grey matter spoke of his master's, Cretin's, contribution of our undermanned, 2000 man Navy force, like it was the stopgap to world terrorism
This poem sums it up, at least in my eyes and heart:

JUST A SIMPLE SOLDIER
~Author Unknown~

He was getting old and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with buddies; they were the heroes, every one.
And though sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, for he has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

No, he won't be mourned by many, just his friends, children, and wife,
For he lived a very quiet sort of ordinary life.
He held a job, and raised a family, quietly going on his way.
And the world won't note his passing; though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country and offer up his life?
The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives,
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives,
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them, for it was so long ago
That the husbands, sons, and fathers went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out politician with his waffling stand?
Or would you want a soldier who has sworn to defend,
His home, his kin, and country, and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldiers part,
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to receive the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps a simple headline in the paper that might say:
"Our Country is in Mourning, for a Soldier Died Today"

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Wow, take a sledgehammer to a thumbtack! Best in black and white, plain and simple, no doubt!! Expose the two faced politico with a simple poem. That is what should be recited at the Cenotaph, rather than the PM's or the GG's cup your scrotum speech to the nation. Spent Sat at the Legion Remeberance dinner where they read a greeting from the Hon. A Clarkson, CD! When the F*** did she spend 12 yrs with the military? Anyway, today is too sombre to spend bitching about our elected wienies. Here's one I found, I find rather apt also.

THE FINAL INSPECTION
~author unknown~

The soldier stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining bright,
Just as brightly as his brass,
"Step forward now, soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you 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 rough,
Because the world is awfully tough,
But, I never took a thing
That wasn't mine keep...
Though I worked alot 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 manly 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 often trod
As the soldier waited quietly,
for the judgement of his God,
"Step forward now, soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Come walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in HELL.

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Icon 16 posted 12. November 2001 01:20
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Those poems, I think, are rather powerful. A fitting way to remember those who have served through the horrors or war.


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I paraded with my regiment at the cenotaph in Vancouver, at Victory Park. It was a good ceremony - the fly over by some civvie planes and even (I think) some vintage aircraft was great.
Two things struck me - first, the person chosen to lay the wreath on behalf of the consular community was China - which somehow didn't seem quite right. Second, when the American consul laid his wreath the crowd cheered, which was great.
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For me, it was the first year that I can recall where shots were fired after the minute of silence. I thought it was a nice touch, but was a little surprised that it was allowed, to be honest.


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The person who lays the wreath on behalf of the local consular corps in Vancouver is always the dean of the local consular corps. However the appointment is decided, it changes regularly and I imagine is decided by the diplomats. The fact the consul happened to be from PRC is irrelevant.

Regarding gunfire, in Vancouver there has always been an artillery salute (shots at intervals of, I think, one minute) following the silence as long as I've been on parade (since 1983).

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Remebrance Day Salute - 21 gun, 60 sec interval, fired at exactly 11 at all saluting bases (ie all provincial capitals, Vancouver, and Ottawa)


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I have lived in Richmond/Delta BC since 1964. Prior to that we lived four years in Wembley, England. I am the son of a WWII vet. In England we always went to the Remembrance Ceremony in London and I have kept up that tradition here in Richmond. My Dad saw service in France from July 6th - Aug 29th (when he was wounded at Foret de La Londe). Every year I would phone him and thank him for volunteering and fighting against Nazism. He has been gone for 5 years now. So now I set a poppy on the Cenothaph for him and I shake the hand of a veteran and say a heartfelt 'Thankyou' to him. God bless them all.

[ 19 November 2001: Message edited by: Mark Schiller ]



My gratitude to those who served and those serving now.
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my uncle was with the west novascotia reg. in ww2 he was wounded and sent to england. this was near the end of the war.or between 1944-1945.i would be interested in a nominal roll if you have one .or eny info you have on the reg. thank you "ubique" ps. my uncles name is arthur st. coeur
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