My belated message is contained in this story I found on the net. It is most interesting, and whatever your religious background, I encourage you to take a break, right now to see this message. It is known as the Soldier's Deck of Cards, involves a little magic and is found by going to... www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGPKpIuX3c
Turn your speakers on and please return when you are finished.
While I am not religious, I found it quite a nice message to send to the soldiers and sailors, airmen and marines, coast guard or other services in your lives today.
And to those serving, or not, and find them selves on the laid off, or worse yet forced to work without pay during the current shutdown side, remember that it will not last long and then the cheques will start rolling again.
Back in 2013 during Sept/Oct I was in the US doing research and lost about 1/3rd of my research time due to access denials because of the shut down then. And boy did I hear from the serving and otherwise who thought little of the politicians who chose could not do the jobs they were hired to do at DC and to work for Americans instead of one side versus the other and resulting in that shut down.
Perhaps the people should insist that when the politicians cannot keep themselves on the job, those very politicians should have their pays frozen until the very day they open them back up for the rest of those who they chose to inflict.
Better yet, each should have pay deductions for the days they were awol from their jobs.
Pte George Price, just minutes before the Armistice of November 18th, 1918 was to take effect, Price and three others bravery ran across open ground and a bridge on their own and without orders. They suspected a squad of Greman machine gunners were hidden and awaiting a larger force's attempt to cross over.
While the Armistice was to become effective at 11 a.m., it was just minutes before when the four chased the enemy through two homes and then Price exited the doorway onto the street and got shot in the back from a sniper a long distance way.
It was just three minutes before the Armistice ended the war. His death would be the last British Commonwealth death of the war.
At death it was discovered that he was carrying with him a clothe flower shaped like a maple leaf. It was found with a drop of his blood on it.... the theme of the above memorial that was being unveiled in the very village where he lost his life.
Soldiers representing regiments that earned battle honours from Belgiun in the great war, represented their regiments at the most prestigious event. In the above image we see the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, and Princess Astrid of the Belgian Royal Family about to participate in the dedication and unveiling of the Price Memorial on 10 November. (The following day she had to be in Ottawa for ceremonies there.
The dignitaries are about to inspect the honour Guard. And the 2nd soldier in from the right marker is Master Corporal Danny Das Neves proudly wearing the famed Hodden Grey kilt of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, oft mentioned in these blogs. The Tor Scots proudly are the descendants of the 75th overseas battalion of WW1 who fought in Belgium and elsewhere and came home with 16 battle honours and a very long and deep list of casualties that paid with their lives for these honours.
Within 3 weeks he had signed up over 1400 troops. In March of 1916 Beckett, as the CO of the 75th took his regiment overseas to do most honorable service.
By war's end the 75th would receive over 240 special awards including the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal,
Military Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Belgian Croix de Guerre. Many of these were awarded to more than one soldier of the unit, who's members also got some 26 MID's.
Behind the veterans and their flags appears to be the canal and beyond that several men standing in the area where..just off to the right it is believed the houses stood where George Price and the three other soldiers attacked the German machine gunners.
Above is a newer foot bridge named also in honor of Price and noted in the last blog. The lower picture seems to have the memorial chopped off but you can see the area where it stands and the Price bridge as well from a slightly different angle.
Danny from the Tor Socts tells me that he has been in the reserves for just under a dozen years and no doubt looks forward to his Canadian Forces Decoration medal in the not to distant future.
He was thrilled to be selected to represent the storied Toronto Scottish at this ceremony in Belgium and participated in many events and tours to various battle sites and grave yards. He even stood in front of the very grave marker for George Price and provided pictures of it and several others for me and this blog. On one of the tours he visited the German trench lines at Vimy,
He explains that at several points the lines were only a stone's throw away from the Allies.
Again getting fer too long, so I will close.
I will not be bloggonh next Sunday but will return the following week, cheers all and have a great bew years.