A Tribute on Remembrance Day … and then a Break

This being Remembrance Day, let us pay tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve our country, to their families who also sacrifice … and to our Allies, who have helped preserve our freedoms and way of life.

Without them, this Blog and all our discussions would not be possible.

We will NEVER forget.

Then, time for a rest … and some travel.

The Blog will be on Break until mid-December. Comments section shut down after Remembrance.

No doubt, plenty to talk about when we return!

Harv Oberfeld

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9 Responses to A Tribute on Remembrance Day … and then a Break

  1. 13 says:

    My granddad fought in WW1. He was lucky to survive trench warfare. He did lose a leg when struck from behind by “friendly” fire. God bless him and the many other Canadian soldiers that fought and continue to fight for our freedom.
    Harvey have a safe and enjoyable holiday, remember your retired

  2. Leila Paul says:

    The suffering and torment humans endure at the hands of others. For our heroes who fought to preserve our way of life, our freedoms and our dignity, the price for them and their families must never be forgotten.

    Wars of any size result in disasters for individuals, families and nations.

    We must remember those who fell in honor.

    Part of honoring them is that we let go of animosities and do not relive and revive hostilities. Instead, we must learn from the past in order to make the future better.

    Enjoy your well-deserved break Harvey. May your trip be filled with friendship and warmth.

  3. BCMQ says:

    Remembrance Day
    A very sincere thank you and respectful Salute to those that served, serve, sacrificed, gave it all and even gave their Lives at any time in The History of our Canada. .
    At the same time I thank and salute the family members of our Military Personnel, they have sacrificed so much as well .
    We must never forget .

  4. hawgwash says:

    Today, I wear two poppies; one on my collar, to commemorate those who served and one to remember those who had no choice to be anywhere but in the crossfire.

    Enjoy your travels Mr. O; a time out from the previous, overly dominated snipefest, is welcomed.

  5. BMCQ says:

    Enjoy you time away Harvey I am sure the weather will be perfect !

    As always thanks for all of your time and other extra efforts with the Blog, you perform a great public service !

    If you happen to drop into Lesters in FLL tell everyone there I say hello !

  6. Marge says:

    Three of my uncles fought in WW2. My dad was too young so was forced to sit it out. One of my uncles took a bullet in the back at Normandy and survived. Another uncle was wounded in Italy but rescued by an Italian family who kept him safe for the war’s duration. A cousin of my grandmother’s was gassed at one of the concentration camps because she was a “librarian” and knew the truth of the Nazis. My oldest American grandson is talking about joining the military in the future.

    My fear is not that we forget to remember out heroes. It’s that we forget what history is – a retelling of its past in all of its ugliness. I see history being rewritten by modern media and Ministries of Education. I am scared as to what this is heading towards. I see a media that supports one form of government only due to its largesse becoming a scary proposition. I hate to see what Canada will become in the next twenty or so years. We have lost sight of what truly democracy is. The next generations will pay a terrible price for it.

  7. D. M. Johnston says:

    Family history:

    The following narrative showed how the “Great War” affected local families.

    For followers of this group, a few facts.

    Canada saw 620,000 mobilized and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and suffered 66,655 dead and 172,950 wounded.

    Notable battles fought: Neuve Chapelle; 2nd battle of Ypres (Wipers); the Somme (Butcher Haig’s disaster); Vimy Ridge (Canada did it our way and won!); Passchendale; Hundred Day’s Offensive.

    Now a true story or the story told by my dad and I have no reason not to beleive.

    On a sunny mid August day 1918, with several billowing clouds about, units of the Canadian Field Artillery were advancing in lose order against the retreating Germans. Two brothers from Victoria BC, Grant and Courtney Johnston happened to meet and with their commanders approval, were marching together with the transports (you didn’t ride the mules!) for the next action.

    Passing the French village of Domart-sur-la-Luce, in the Somme district of Northern France, they were accompanied by a brass band announcing the arrival of the allied forces.

    The British Generals, to the chagrin of local commanders, wanted the French valleys echoing of loud brass bands as a sort of announcement that they were winning. Many bands hurriedly arrived in France without their khaki mufflers, which shielded the brass instruments from glinting in the sun.

    The practice of German aviators in 1918 was to climb to heights of 15 thousand feet or beyond, then cut their motors and glide silently down in the clouds looking for a target.

    On or About August 24, 1918 one such pilot did just that, saw the glinting brass instruments and dropped is load of bombs.

    The soldiers never heard the bombs coming.

    One moment Grant Johnston was behind his brother Courtney, the next, they were on their backs, Grant unharmed, but his brother bleeding profusely from hundreds of searing hot shrapnel wounds from the bomb.

    Courtney later died from his wounds and his brother Grant was able to collect his last effects.

    Courtney McBride Johnston is buried at the small HOURGES ORCHARD CEMETERY , just outside the village of Domart-sur-la-Luce.

    Grant O’Hara Johnston was my Grandfather, suffered from shell shock until he passed in 1961 and I have inherited the small effects that were the last of of his brother, including a shrapnel holed cigarette case and match holder.

  8. Gene The Bean says:

    I keep poppies on display in my office year round. It is a great reminder, everyday, on what is important and what is worth fighting for.

  9. e.a.f. says:

    One of the great things about Today is we get to remember . We should never forget because it could all happen again. We may not like what the other person says, but we do have the right to say it. Its freedom.

    Harvey, have a great vacation. Now I’m wondering what will happen. Every time you go on vacation some thing happens and its like wonder what the blog would be saying. Have a great time, every one else, stay safe and we’ll “chat” in mid Dec.

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