Many matters belonging in these blogs have been piling up. One of these being the very belated Happy Remembrance Day, both here and in the US.
As regular readers know, I choose to honour monuments, graves etc for some heroes that are not on the regular list of those visited annually, by most veterans' organizations.
While not on the above lists, the relatively new Afghanistan Memorial is also one of these I try to visit often during the year. Mentioned in recent blogs, the memorial is dedicated to honour those who "gave their all" for Canada and the world.
At line 4 below, we see the name of Canadian Nichola Goddard, said to be Canada's first female service member to be killed in battle. (Though several came before her in the the Great Wars and even previously.) Her tragic story has appeared in this space in the past.
(The day after my visit was November 11th. That is why you do not see any poppies of wreaths in place yet.)
Hopefully the youth was reminded about the horrible story of the German Sub sinking the unarmed passenger ship SS Athenia. And worse yet, the Nazi's refusing to help with rescuing over a thousand thrown into the water that night and over 100 losing their lives, as noted in another blog in this space.
Hopefully the youth heard about the Merchant Navy's sinking, and the bringing of Canada into the war the next day.
On that plaque, at the fourth line, you will see the name of stewardess Hannah Baird, who died in that horrible event.
The very plaque may well be the first of its kind anywhere in the world dedicated to the Merchant Navy and their women who died in service to Canada.
On Sunday I hope to return with more on this story.
Cheers till then,