Sunday, November 10, 2013

Eclectic Tastes



Tomorrow is 'Remembrance Day' here in Canada.
I thought a local artist, Terry Kelly, (click to learn more about him)
would say it best through song and
why we celebrate the men and women
who fought for our democratic freedom.

As a side note.....I visited my father yesterday, 
who resides in Camp Hill Veterans Hospital,
and saw that there was a 'commemorative program'
planned for Monday.

I asked him if he was planning to attend.
His reply was that he 'can't go to those things'.
And come to think of it, 
he has never liked to talk about his 'war experiences'.

He spent three years in London, England 
when it was being bombed almost daily.

I can appreciate his silence.

12 comments:

  1. Jim, this video spoke to my very soul. It is fantastic. Yes, it is a pittance of time, isn't it? Two minutes of our lives to honour people who have sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice) their lives so that the rest of us may be free. No one likes or wants war. No one likes or wants to fight. To kill. But when evil rises someone has to stand up against it. And I admire all those who do. I don't blame your father for not wanting to speak much of his time during the war. Those days were traumatizing, much too hard for the mind to handle. Thanks for sharing this video.

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    1. It sure is a 'pittance of time', Martha considering what these men and women went through.
      Terry Kelly, the guy in the video, is an amazing human being too considering the obstacles he has had to cope with. I worked with his wife, Anne, for a number of years in high school. Both amazing people.

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  2. I read witness accounts of survivors of the Holocaust and soldiers who fought and saved them. WW2 Evil walked the earth...and all the other wars afterwards....I don't think I would or could say anything...So your grandpa I hug tightly

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    1. I'm so sorry I meant to say your Dad....

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    2. Hi Lorraine. It was certainly a bad time for the world and one that we are so fortunate to never having to experience.

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  3. My Dad was a WW2 vet too and was with the Princess Pats in Italy, France and Germany. He never went to Remembrance Day services either.

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    1. I guess, Debra, some vets just don't want to bring it all back....while others that do, need to. Your father saw a lot in Europe, I am sure.

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  4. Who knows what my little Sweden would have been like if the veterans from the Commonwealth and the United States that we honor now would not have come to fight for our freedom.

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    1. You are so right, Inger! As Lorraine said above, there was 'an evil' on the loose in Europe at that time. Something had to be done.

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  5. Jim, I salute your father for his brave service. My dad, who is deceased now fought with the US Army in Europe and never wanted to talk much about it.

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    1. Hi Pat. Thanks for sharing this here. My dad was in the Canadian Army and it is good to know he wasn't the only one who didn't want to talk much about the war.
      A salute to your Dad as well.

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  6. God bless your Dad Jim he comes from such a brave and thoughtful generation. And I am ever so grateful for his service.

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