Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tragedy in Canada



As most of you may have heard by now there have been two shootings
of Canadian Armed Forces personnel this week.

One man was run over by a car deliberately 
and the other was shot in Ottawa while on guard
at the Soldier's Memorial Monument near the Parliament Buildings.

It is beginning to sink in now that things will never be the same again
 here in Canada.

It appears at this point in time that these killings were deliberate
and done in the name of ISIS......that extremely radical Islamic group.

Difficult to get my head around how anybody could do this.
Like all Canadians and people around the world,
our hearts go out to these men's families and friends.



May these two images of this Inukshuk which was at the beach Tuesday morning,
stand as a memory of these two soldiers.

In the Inuit language 'Inukshuk' means 'in the likeness of a human'
and also 'someone was here'.





27 comments:

  1. I saw that, Jim, the world as we knew it, is a thing gone awry.
    How horribly, horribly sad. We are going down the tubes.

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    1. Life evolves and sometimes it appears we can't stop the things that we don't want happening, Sharon. I am confident the world will get back on track with the resolve to not be frightened by such evil forces.

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  2. Let the Inukshuk stand firm and tall, and all over the world people unite in strength and faith . For one special family, their life changed forever. For so many others, their lives also changed, safety, security, peace, gone in an instant. Heartfelt thoughts for them all and you. Hugs to you both, and one for Sophie too. Jean.

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    1. Hi Jean. When I took these photos a few days ago I was thinking how strong it was standing there....precariously balanced on rocks. exactly how we must be through crisis like this.

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  3. So incredibly sad, it's hard to understand.. so hard...

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    1. Sometimes, Lorraine, it is better not to understand minds that have been demonized by fanaticism......just to know that these people are very sick.

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  4. i followed this all day yesterday. it is so very sad.

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    1. Hi Joyce. As did we.....very surreal actually having this happen in Canada.

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    1. I totally agree Mitchell. Best to stay strong and resolve to continue living as we have always done.

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  6. this was shocking to me too when I saw it on the news-and was thinking of my friends in Canada-hope the world can end this threat soon

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    1. Kathy, I hope too that this group will be dealt with in a manner that will send a message that this behavior and way of thinking will not be tolerated on this planet.

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  7. An inukshuk is the perfect symbol in this situation -- strong like rock but standing in a fragile balance like life itself. I feel so badly for those soldiers and their families. Who would ever expect to die in the War on Terror right here at home?

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    1. I thought so too, Debra....this symbol will be our mantra.

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  8. I seldom see any news, so I didn't know. Canada, I'm very sorry. I don't want you to be too similar to the U.S.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. We each have our strengths and weaknesses, Janie. And now things in common.
      I hear you about watching/not watching the news.

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  9. I
    __In Mahican: -nemannauw- translates to men. Your (and our) heros; love and best wishes to our Canadian sisters and brothers. _m

    in stone memory
    two nemannauw stand
    their balance

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    1. Hello Magyar. Good to meet you here. Thank you for your contribution sir. Nicely said.

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  10. This is a beautiful tribute, Jim. It is shocking, tragic, and terribly sad.
    I grieve for the soldiers, their families and friends, fellow Canadians, and innocence lost.

    The reach of ISIS and other hate groups is long, but our strength and love of freedom and tolerance is longer.
    Unbelievably, we had three teenage girls from my Arapahoe County skip school last Friday, hop a plane, and head for Syria to join ISIS.
    They were stopped in Germany and the FBI brought them back. ISIS IS recruiting effectively worldwide.

    One thing this attack in Ottawa should make absolutely clear, is that everyone is impacted by extreme radical Islam.
    We must remember that this is a fringe element and does not represent the vast majority of peaceful and decent Muslims.
    We can't meet hate with hate. And one way or another, we have to confront the threat.

    I think of our military forces in the US and Canada every day.
    They are the best of our nations because they voluntarily choose serve and protect us,
    so we can go about our safe and ordinary lives in peace and freedom.

    We may not understand the hate that motivates ISIS (and others) to do brutal and horrific acts,
    but we must stand strong in our resolve to stop them.

    Rest in peace, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
    Thank you for your beautiful photos that perfectly symbolize our true north strong and free!

    Big Hugs!

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  11. Very tragic, Jim. And senseless. A very sad time for our beautiful country.

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  12. Beautiful photos and apt metaphor, Jim. Your peaceful scene is in direct contrast to the meaningless acts of murder committed upon two unsuspecting soldiers on their home soil. The world has become a small place - I always think this should unite us in love instead of hate. Who can understand something so senseless?

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    1. After watching all the events on TV, Barb, I needed something calm on which to focus. This helped.

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  13. So thoughtful and appropriate.

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    1. Thanks so much dbs. Good to see you.

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