Sadly far too many in the earlier days, like today, will see yet another long weekend to enjoy. Little thought will go into the very meaning of the sacrifices that ought to be in their minds on this, and a handful of other days in the year.
Today's title says it all!
US Army Staff Sergeant Christiana Ball a soldier and an entertainer, was part of an entertainment special at the White House a few years back and sang this song for President Obama and others.
It indeed does tell it all and while I have provided a link to the song in the past, I feel it appropriate to again bring it to you.
Please turn on your speakers and go to this link, and return after you hear it. You might want to listen to it several times and pay close attention to her message.
Here is the link... www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dBPAmP1Sa4
Closer to home, back again at Victoria, several blogs have brought you news of the Afghanistan memorial. Christiana's words are crystal clear when you look at the local memorial and over 160 names of Canadians who gave their all during our 12 year mission.
At the September 2017 unveiling the public were invited to place their own poppies on both sides of the memorial, one being in English the other in French. The names of the fallen, including 5 women, are listen alphabetically and travel around both sides of the base.
In the lower image in the first line, though unreadable in this image, is the name of 21 yr. old Karine Blais from Quebec. She was only in Kandahar 2 weeks when killed by a roadside bomb. A few lines down contains the name of 23 year old medic Andrew Eykelenboom from the Comox area of Vancouver Island. The medic was serving with a convoy on the move when attacked by a suicide bomber who's truck crashed into the convoy. His was the first Can adian death of a Medic in action since the war in Korea.
Today there will be 2 separate groups visiting the memorial in the downtown area of Victoria, just a few blocks away from the Legislative Buildings and main Remembrance ceremonies at 11 a.m.
But after several hundred trees were planted things came to an end. Over the years many of them died and still more were later removed for street widening. The Memorial Avenue anticipated came to one far short of what was called for.
Plans of late are attempting to deal with replacing trees. But in the mean time the 30 Memorial Avenue signs have been mounted along the street with still more to come.
Over the last few weeks there has been an addition with the inclusion of about 16 more signs now on the south end of Shelbourne Street, which is in the city of Victoria.
Above we see the former mayor of Saanich, the then and current area MLA and a representative of the native community unveiling one of the new memorial signs along the north end of Shelbourne.
While the event marked the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice, I was disappointed to see that only about 4 dozen officials and members of the public attended. Not sure why, by the occasion should have been much better attended.
The small park where this took place had a number of white birch trees. I am fond of these as I grew up on family property that had several of these. And those gathered got quite a hoot when discovering a guest hiding in one one of these.
This morning, as per the last dozen or more years, I will be attending a brief ceremony at the grave site of WW1 Victoria Cross recipient Rowland Bourke here in Victoria. Here is the marker I helped others to have erected several years ago in honor of this Canadian hero.
I'll be back on Sunday,