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Old 11-11-2008, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Special thanks to "The greatest generation" today.

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Old 11-11-2008, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup.

I think I've read some frightening statistics though recently in regards to the youth today who are completely unaware of what happened in both 1914-1919 and 1939-1945
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Of all the books I've ever read the one that has stuck with me the most was "Vimy Ridge" by Pierre Burton.

These guys were some seriously brave cats.

Massive respect and thanks...
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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much love and respect.

its definately deserved.





I was hoping someone stated a thread for this. Way to go Benzo
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think they should keep playing that commercial with the kid who calls his Grandfather from Dieppe to thank him.

I wish I could find it online somewhere.


I watched my 7 and 5-year-olds in their Remembrance Day Assembly this morning. All the primary classes sang this song. It was very beautiful....

Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
words and music by Ed McCurdy

Last night I had the strangest dream
I'd ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war

I dreamed I saw a mighty room
Filled with women and men
And the paper they were signing said
They'd never fight again

And when the paper was all signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful pray'rs were prayed

And the people in the streets below
Were dancing 'round and 'round
While swords and guns and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground

Last night I had the strangest dream
I'd never dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I just heard on the radio that some schools were showing

Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.

Emails have been sent to my MP and trustee.

They should all be fired.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Read IT. In was in the London (England) Telegraph

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Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably
almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian
troops are deployed in the region.

And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world,
as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly
everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada's historic mission is
to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete
strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly
ignored.

Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall,
waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out,
she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers
serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes,
there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped
Glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent
with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in
two global conflicts.

For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different
directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address
in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully
got the gratitude it deserved.

Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two
world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of
Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed
forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great
Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps
the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's
unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory
as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'

The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war
with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the
Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships
participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian
soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.

Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth
largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same
sublime indifference as it had the previous time.

Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it
was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which
the United States had clearly not participated - a touching
scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it
has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood
keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary
Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William
Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter
and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and
Christopher Plummer, British.

It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to
be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably
Canadian as a moose.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements
of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware
of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by
anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the
world's peacekeeping forces.

Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest
peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on
non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to
Bosnia.

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular
non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which
out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their
regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of
self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no
international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless
friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?

Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things
for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains
something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which
Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This
past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too
tragically well.

Lest we forget.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thoughts and prayers go out to the troops and to their families. May God Bless them all.
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FOrgot to add: Cheers for starting up the post, Benzo.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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nice read, benzo. the media might not recognize us for who we are, but the people we help and fight beside know without a question.

i've just returned from the Remembrance day parade downtown ottawa. it's nice to see all the people there participating in thanks for the sacrifice our earlier generations have given so we can be who we are today as Canada, Continent, World.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I watched a show yesterday on History about some achaeologists digging up an old tunnel system constructed during the Battle of Passchendaele that had sort of been forgotten about until some of the old tunnels started caving in under farmland and houses.

It's amazing what those soldiers went through with all that trench warfare insanity. There aren't many left and the youngest is 107.

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Benzo, do you have a link for that Telegraph piece?
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I watched a show yesterday on History about some achaeologists digging up an old tunnel system constructed during the Battle of Passchendaele that had sort of been forgotten about until some of the old tunnels started caving in under farmland and houses.

It's amazing what those soldiers they went through with all that trench warfare insanity. There aren't many left and the youngest is 107.
John Babcock is the last remaining at 108. He was speaking at the ceremony today.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I watched a show yesterday on History about some achaeologists digging up an old tunnel system constructed during the Battle of Passchendaele that had sort of been forgotten about until some of the old tunnels started caving in under farmland and houses.

It's amazing what those soldiers they went through with all that trench warfare insanity. There aren't many left and the youngest is 107.

Like using a urine soaked sock as a gas mask...
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John Babcock is the last remaining at 108. He was speaking at the ceremony today.

Yeah, the last Canadian. I was just reading about him. I guess he never saw combat.

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There are 3 remaining British Soldiers from WW1.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Like using a urine soaked sock as a gas mask...
Or sitting in your trench, only to have it - and yourself - blown to bits by tunneling Germans beneath you.
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Or sitting in your trench, only to have it - and yourself - blown to bits by tunneling Germans beneath you.
Well, that's a given.
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