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This day is known in the United States of America as Veterans Day. In my childhood it was called Armistice Day by the wizzened, white haired old men in the little towns that I grew up in in Montana. When I lived on the Prairies of Southern Alberta in Canada, it was Remembrance Day. On our first Remembrance Day north of the 49th parallel, we watched the Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau lay a wreath at the Tomb of The Unkown at the Cenotaph in the Capital of the Dominion, Ottawa.  The current PM, Justin Trudeau seems to be a no show for this and it pains me. That is all I will say about that “gentleman.” At the precise moment of 11 minutes after 11 Eastern Time, the entire country of Canada came to a stop….. Let that sink in. Bill Paisley would understand being a former resident of the Maritimes.

The Poem, Flander’s Fields has meaning for me in that a Great Grandfather of mine came to the United States from Ypres in Flanders, now the present day Belgium. I do not consider that blood to be Belgian but Flemish to this very day.

Whatever your background and political persuasion, always remember….

There are those of us who did our time in Forces, whether it was a four year hitch or a twenty year plus career, we give you our gratitude this day……

For those who are no longer with us is this.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”

 

 

Surfing while home nursing a sore back netted this Photos of Canadian Military for 2015 Canada Day : theBRIGADE

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rcaf hornetHome today due to a back that is cramping up and generally making life a bit unbearable.

I did some surfing and decided to check theBrigade. Positive results were obtained.

Two samples are provided to pique your interest………Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hit the link and have a look at the Canadian Forces!

(2) Photos of Canadian Military for 2015 Canada Day : theBRIGADE.

Harper stirs controversy with military name change By: ROB GILLIES | Associated Press |Washington Examiner

From the Washington Examiner, originally at the AP.

The lefties are getting their collective panties in a wad! Too bad for them. Especially on the Canadian Prairies where there is still a strong conservative tradition.

“……..Last week’s decision by Harper to restore the word “Royal” to Canada’s air force and navy angered Canadian nationalists who say Harper is out of touch with modern-day Canada even though he received a stronger mandate by gaining a coveted parliamentary majority in May’s elections.

Former Defense Minister Paul Hellyer, who removed the royal labels from the armed forces in 1968 when he served in Liberal Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s government, accused Harper of trying to turn back the clock to a day that doesn’t exist anymore.

“I’m incredulous,” Hellyer said. “Canada should be for Canadians at this stage of our development and we should emphasize our achievements whether they be in the field of art or in the field of armed forces and no longer just try to be a pale imitation of somebody else.”

Hellyer, 88, said if they were still alive Pearson would be appalled and former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau would “probably say something that wouldn’t be printable.”

But the current defense minister, Peter MacKay, defended restoring the royal connection as correcting a 43-year-old mistake. He said veterans’ groups actively lobbied Harper’s government to restore the former navy and air force names…..”

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/world/2011/08/harper-stirs-controversy-military-name-change-0#ixzz1VgYdy9y7