Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Each year all over Canada, at 11 AM on the 11th of November (the eleventh month) we pause in our quotedian activities to say a heartfelt thanks to our Veterans of wars and UN conflict Peace-keeping efforts and our Armed Services members, past and present. Canada is truly blessed to have been able to help others for so many years whilst we have had tranquility at home.

The day began with peach hues
in the sky ... now (just after noon) it is bright, cool (about 6 degrees) and sunny.

To help my class give thanks again this year we made our traditional 'trench dinner' pot pies, augmented with a simple salad. Staff were invited to come and share, for a modest fee. Our table is VERY simple ... our wealth is in our selves and each other as community.

We sat together, students and staff, as family and shared stories of our family fortune.
I brought in the three mementos you can see on the table ... my grandfather's commissioning sword from WW I (B.C. 102 Rgmt.), a knife he made from old German shells he picked up at Vimy, and a "Queen Mary's Box".

Canada -- what a wonderful, fortunate country.

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