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OfflineRonoS
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Lest We Forget - A tribute.
    #2091903 - 11/11/03 12:05 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Remembrance Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause and remember the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War and during peacekeeping missions.


The 29th Battalion, part of the Second Canadian Division, advances into No Man's Land through German barbed wire and heavy fire in the right-centre of the Canadian advance on April 9, 1917. (Courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada).
During the First World War, (1914-1918) more than 600,000 soldiers volunteered to go overseas. As of November 2003, Veterans Affairs Canada reported that only 11 of these soldiers were still alive.

These young men fought in a series of costly and bloody battles and by the end of the war, more than 69,000 Canadian soldiers had died and 172,000 were wounded.

They died fighting at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Bourlon Wood, Mons, Passchendaele and Ypres. In Ypres, our Canadian soldiers were exposed to German gas attacks, yet continued to fight. They showed amazing tenacity and courage in the face of danger.


A Consolidated VLR Liberator provides air-cover for a transatlantic convoy during the Second World War. (Courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada).
During the Second World War, (1939-45) more than one million men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in combat in the army, air force and navy. More than 45,000 men and women did not come home from that battle for freedom.

Canadians lost their lives fighting in Dieppe, Normandy, the North Atlantic, defending Hong Kong, during the liberation of Italy, and in many other important air, sea and land campaigns.

As of November 2003, 293,000 veterans from this world war were alive, with an average age of 81.

On Remembrance Day we are asked to remember these fallen soldiers.


Canadian soldiers dig a trench in Korea. (Courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada).
Let us also remember the 516 Canadian soldiers who died in the Korean War (1950-53), in which 26,791 Canadians served. The battles of Hill 355 and Hill 187, among others, saw Canadians fighting in swamps and rice fields, through torrential rain and snow, in the air and at sea.

In 2003, Canada marked the 50th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice by unveiling the Monument to Canadian Fallen at Confederation Park in Ottawa.

The words "WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BRAVE SONS OF CANADA" are inscribed at the base of the monument, which also contains the names of all 516 Canadians who lost their lives in Korean War service or subsequent Korean peacekeeping service.


Wreath laid by a nephew at his uncle's grave at Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Vimy Ridge.
This year Canada also remembered the 1943 invasion of Sicily by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade alongside British and U.S. armies.

Canada lost 562 soldiers during this 38-day operation, which secured a necessary air base from which to support the liberation of mainland Italy and free the Mediterranean sea lanes.

The 85th Anniversary of the end of the First World War will also be marked on November 11, 2003.

The first Remembrance Day, held in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth, was originally called Armistice Day. The day commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The theme of Veterans' Week which runs November 5-11 2003, is Canada Remembers the Korean War.

The Poppy



The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.

During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.

The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.

The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921. Today the volunteer donations from the distribution of millions of poppies is an important source of revenue for the Royal Canadian Legion that goes toward helping ex-servicemen and women buy food, and obtain shelter and medical attention.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae, 1915



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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Rono]
    #2092929 - 11/11/03 04:34 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

When he get to the gates of heaven,
to Saint Peter he will tell:
"Another soldier reporting,sir.
I've spent my time in hell."


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: monoamine]
    #2093005 - 11/11/03 05:03 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Thanks all you heroes for defeating Hitler!!!


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Rono]
    #2093018 - 11/11/03 05:10 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

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During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.






I've always liked that poem...

Legend has it he himself was killed shortly afterwards


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: pattern]
    #2093028 - 11/11/03 05:13 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

I find it amazing that at the time of WW2, Canada had only about 11 million citizens...and still managed to get 1.1 million volunteers for the war effort...10% of our population.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Rono]
    #2093083 - 11/11/03 05:29 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

that's definetly amazing.. it would never happen today.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Dogomush]
    #2093164 - 11/11/03 05:49 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

You are probably right...


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Rono]
    #2093212 - 11/11/03 05:59 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

I wasn't aware so many signed up. Very interesting.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #2093235 - 11/11/03 06:03 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)



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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #2093266 - 11/11/03 06:09 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Canada played a major role in D-Day.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Rono]
    #2093307 - 11/11/03 06:18 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Interesting link. Thanks.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: silversoul7]
    #2093310 - 11/11/03 06:19 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Thanks, I'm aware of that.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Dogomush]
    #2093353 - 11/11/03 06:31 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Quote:

Dogomush said:
that's definetly amazing.. it would never happen today.




I dunno about that. If there was a huge war threatening the world I'm sure Canadians would come out en masse to fight.

Canadians can smell a just war.


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: pattern]
    #2093366 - 11/11/03 06:34 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

I must have lost my sense of smell in recent years... :wink:


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: Rono]
    #2093383 - 11/11/03 06:39 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Me too, I plugged my nose from the stink :lol:


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Re: Lest We Forget - A tribute. [Re: pattern]
    #2093408 - 11/11/03 06:48 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Quote:

pattern said:
Quote:

Dogomush said:
that's definetly amazing.. it would never happen today. 




I dunno about that.  If there was a huge war threatening the world I'm sure Canadians would come out en masse to fight.

Canadians can smell a just war. 




You never know some of those people are french after all.  :wink:


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