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 Post subject: Lest We Forget
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:37 am 
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High Flight by
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.


Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

To my Dad, who fought in WW2 with the RCNVR; my brother, Bill, who was a career officer in the RCAF; my son, Gord, who joined the Army after 9-11 and served in Afghanistan.... and to my Uncle, F/L John R. Sterne, D.F.C., who died in 1943, before his 21st birthday, while serving with the RCAF in England.... and to all Veterans everywhere.... thank you for your service and your sacrifice....

We Will Remember Them!

Bob

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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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We will remember them.

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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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Yes.. Lest we forget.

When I was up in NB last week, I decided to pay a little early visit to a friend. The things you do at 23 Y/O.

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My father visited him today, cleaned the gravesite and got to speak with Chris's father.

There was no ceremonies around here due to Covid. So went to the range, and cried a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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Lessons that soldiers have to learn...
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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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all public ceremonies were cncl'd in my town,
..but i knew wouldn't be alone.


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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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rsterne wrote:
High Flight by
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Bob

Thanks for bringing that poem back to mind, Bob. Been a while since I last read it.

It brought to mind a somewhat eerie song about a bombing run that I hadn't listened to in a while. It's from 1980 by a Toronto band named Blue Peter. It's called Radio Silence. If you haven't heard it, or not in a while, and would like to to give it a listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GFL-LGmxMo

Lon


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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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I hope this sheds some light. Remembrance day is not all about those who fought in WW1 and WW2. We need to stop thinking this. Because alot of posts I've seen about the day. Were only taking about, or sharing photos from WW1/WW2.

According to a Nanos poll..
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80% of Canadians think veterans are only those who fought in WW1/WW2.


80% is alot of clueless people.

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594,500 Veterans in Canada, 40,000 Served in Afghanistan.
2020 Stats says there about 103,000 and I'm sure those numbers were lower in the mid 2000s. So nearly 1/2 the Canadian forces served in Afghanistan.

Many people forget about UN peacekeeping missions, Korea, Gulf War, and Afghanistan.

Here is my source, video of a young injured Canadian, about being a young vet. In the video he talks about, people thinking the vehicle he drives, is his parents or grandparents because he young with vet plates. I get the same attitude, esp when I say I'm retired. 36 and retired, doesn't mean I'm on welfare.

https://youtu.be/I20T-AkGcE4


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 Post subject: Re: Lest We Forget
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Thanks Leadslinger - a good video for opening up people's minds.

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