I have been following the ceremony on TV in Ottawa. I would have been in my dress uniform and out on parade somewhere (possibly there), but my wife is sick so I'm here at home with her today. Rememberance day is good because they are now incorperating the efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq with the veterans of the previous wars...
Wanted to ensure the Canadian (among others celebrating Remembrance Day) were included.
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.
An intersection near where he lived for 30 years is now known as John A. Doherty Square (A. is for Aloysius, does it get any more Irish?). He was my Mother-in-Laws older brother. Also in attendance was her younger brother, now 81 and also a WWII Navy vet, who was involved as a Navy Armed Guard gunner on commercial ships that made extremely dangerous supply deliveries across the Barents Sea to the port of Murmansk, and was involved in the running ship battle that resulted in the sinking of the famed german Battlecruiser Scharnhorst. My Father-in-Law (now deceased), won 2 Bronze Stars ( aka Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster) for bravery under fire for actions over 2 days in southern Germany. My father enlisted in the Army Air Force just after his 17th birthday in 1944, and was stationed in Italy during the Battle of Po Valley (luckily never saw battle, he was in Support Services), and his 2 older brothers served in the Navy in the Pacific.
These people truly were (are) Americas Greatest Generation.
As for myself, I was Air Force (F-111's) in the '70s, and my older brother was Army (tanks), and my younger brother is retired from the Navy (submarines, they're all crazy ... lol). He now lives in Nebraska, says it's the farthest he could get from any ocean!!
To my fellow Veterans, both past and present, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
:clap: eace: :thumb: :beer: