Or at least in most places, tragic that it is that these feelings can not be shared by the daily horrors seen by those brave men, women and children in the Ukraine, and their families around the world.
Closer to home, thousands each day pass one of the 18 wonderful Civil War statutes in Washington DC. One dedicated to remembrance! Though, tragically not known to all who pass bye.
Here is that statute.
His name was John Logan and he was a politician, lawyer and Civil War General. After the war he became the 2nd president of the thousands strong very influential veterans group known as the Grand Army of the Republic.
His statute represents men and women who came forth from so many nations, to save the United States of America. Ironic, that its very location, is only a few blocks away from the Canadian Embassy. Canada being a country that some 50,000 left to help our American neighbours during those horrific days of 1861-5.
Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting both the Canadian Embassy, and this statute and many other important DC locations. I was there doing research on the Civil War and the roles fellow Canadians played during those tragic days.
At war's end Major General John Logan joined and soon became the 2nd Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). This group, numbering in the tens of thousands, had offices... or posts, across the US and a handful even in Canada. They represented the interests of their member veterans.
And as such, a day had to de decided, that flowers would be in bloom all across the country. That day was chosen to be May 30th, and it was to become known as Decoration Day. Today it survives but Americans now call it Memorial Day.
And that day for this year was last week!
Logan's original order, known as General Order number 11, was issued on 5 May 1868, and here it is...
We do the same in Canada. Similarly we also do Candlelight Ceremonies in many locations including here in Victoria BC.
At Victoria one such ceremony takes place annually at the Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery known as God's Acre.
The land was purchased by the navy for use as a cemetery back in 1868, making it 155 years old next year. On the grounds rest many family members and workers from the military and some 2500 resting places for military men and women.
To get to the cemetery you have two directions of approach, shown below.
If from the right, you drive right past an important historical memorial. Sadly most do not ever even see it. It is located at the red arrow at right in above picture. Here is that memorial...
Eventually, with only one eye, the Brits took him on in their Naval Reserves. He would eventually be called into action, and would earn the Distinguished Service Order, and in short order would then be awarded the Victoria Cross for two different events and the saving of many sailors lives. (His heroism has been oft noted in this space.)
Lt Commander Bourke and General Pearkes are the only VC recipients buried in the greater Victoria area.
Bourke's grave has an annual ceremony, thanks to family, myself and the great folks at HMCS Malahat, the local naval reserve unit.
Pearkes final resting place, as far as I can tell, gets little notice or ceremony by anyone other than normal church maintenance.
Both should get major attention several times a year.
But getting back to God's Acre, for years the cemetery sign has become weather beaten and in need of repair. Several attempts to have the matter addressed finally resulted in the new sign being erected several months back. Here are both...
I hope you will again join me then.