After that service my friend and I proceeded to visit the grave-site of Major General George Pearkes, VC.
I find it absolutely disgraceful that this site is being abandoned on the very day set aside each year to honor our brave Canadian service men and women. Even more so to those with the above noted bravery awards and other post nominals.
Thousands gathered at Sidney yet there is no evidence even a dozen gathered at this honorable hero's graveside on the very day that each should have.
While the Bourke marker originally came with the blue, the commander was soon ordered to have it exchanged with the red. Thus the red is shown in the above image with the rest of the Bourke medals.
After the Bourke and Pearke's events above mentioned I returned home and en route had to drive southbound on Shelbourne Street.
The street of forgotten dreams, noted in many past blogs in this space. Trees were to be planted in honour of the service members lost during the first war and both Boer Wars. Past blogs will give you the details. (Use the search engine at upper right)
But on this date I noted for the first time the first of two gateway signs to be installed, this one at the top, or north end, and the 2nd at the other end of the street of memorial trees. Here is that wonderful sign...
My final stop for the day was to pay my respects at the Afghanistan Memorial downtown.
The above image displays the name of what has often been claimed to be the first Canadian women killed in the face of the enemy. Tragic that it was... and is... but however many more women have been killed on battle fronts in the past. Nurses for one, in WW1. And more going back to the US Civil War and even earlier than that.
But that's enough for today!
On a closing note, Sunday past marks the beginning of my 9th year in this space with over 550 blogs published to date.
Your comments would be appreciated.
I should be back at the blog on Sunday December 19th,
cheers till then,