11 November 2011

Remembrance and gratitude

Do you know someone who enlisted in Canada to fight in World War I?

Search the WWI CEF database

My wife's grandfather, a member of the Canadian Cyclist Battalion, (pictured, in the kilt) was wounded by German shelling and carried around shrapnel from WWI for the rest of his life.

He was one of the lucky ones... who got to come back and have a family and live out a long, productive and rewarding life.

His son, my late father-in-law, enlisted in the Air Force right out of high school and was being streamed to Bomber Command when WWII ended.

Others, of course, weren't so fortunate. Do you know a Canadian soldier killed while serving overseas?

Search the Commonwealth War Graves


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salute to QUINLAN, JOHN MICHAEL

James Higham said...

It seems to be making a comeback this year over here.

Neo Conservative said...

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james... i believe that has also been the case over here in recent years.

having troops in afghanistan for the last decade has, no doubt, sharpened canadians awareness of the sacrifice & bravery of our military.

quite a contrast to the filth & screechy anarchy of law-breaking occupods in various cities across the country.

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Frances said...

We were lucky - everyone came back and resumed their lives. They never talked much about their wartime experiences, though. Even their wives and sisters (let alone their mothers) knew where they were D-day.

Neo Conservative said...

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i cannot begin to imagine the fortitude it took to run out of those landing craft and charge into german machine guns.

thank the gawds someone was willing to do it.

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