Posts made in June, 2017

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments


On this final Red Friday of June 2017. I would like to wish all Canadians a Happy CANADA DAY.  As this is my adopted Country, and I had the honour of serving in Canada’s Military 1960-1982 and the double honour of working for Canada’s Greatest Prime Minister of the 20th Century. The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. I thank my parents for taking the decision as many hundreds of thousand did. To move to Canada after WW2 seeking a better life, after the poverty and hardships of WW2. The Military Family has been a great part of my life. I have met and maintained friendships from all parts of Canada. To Ed and Olive in Whitehorse, Mel and Irene in Victoria, Bob Bruce in Peterhead, Scotland, Bob and Lynda in Belleville,  and to all other friends and family too numerous to mention.

Have a SAFE, Wonderful Celebration tomorrow July 1st.

To our troops where ever they may on Canada Day STAY SAFE and return to your families when your operational tour is completed.

Canada a Youthful Country Supports it’s Youth and keeps them safe. Thanks to the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, from the width and breadth of C A N A D A

Last but by no means least on this Red Friday the closing date for a Flag of Remembrance is FAST approaching.

This Message from my friend Al Cameron:

Happy Canada Day weekend!
I can’t think a better time to bring forth again our annual Remembrance initiative; Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance.
Our remembrance and tribute event will see an opening ceremony on October 7th of this year at each of our 15 tribute sites across Canada, representing the 128,000 Canadian killed and missing in action servicemen and women from Boer War to current.
The initiative is coming along nicely, but we still have many sponsorship availabilities to ensure it is a true success. Help us give honour and tribute to our military and RCMP Veterans past and present serving, by sponsoring a hero plaque and flag like then attached at one of our tribute sites.
The cutoff date for sponsoring at this years opening ceremony is August 19th,so please get yours in soon.
Also,please check out our website at to see exactly what it is we are striving to do. Funds raised by VVOC-flags of Remembrance will assist with our mission,  as well as helping other community organizations do their important work.
Contact us here or at to inquire and  to learn how to sponsor your hero.
Cheers,and thank you again for all of your support in the past, and I look forward to your support in the future!


Nil Sine Labore

Robby ( A proud ten dollar Canuck)

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CRITICISM from NDP Mulcair Leader ….TWIT. PLUS a Bravo Zulu to a Dutch Citizen.

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

The NDP is still the same old Labour Party of Canada from whence it was born. Mulcair the current leader is against the shot that a Canadian Sniper took to WHack an enemy. isis is the enemy what did Mulcair want to do  give him a warning? Here is the letter that he sent to the PM.

Mulcair in his actions  is very similar to Jeremy Corbyn the UK leader of the labour party. He is an IRA sympathiser, and wishes to have soldiers tried in court over Northern Ireland Operations.

Do these peaceniks not realise that war is war. Terrorists which include the IRA are a global threat to peace and security.

The comment made by these so called leaders of a Government Party sickens me a s a Veteran, a Canadian and as a  Scot returned to Scotland.

This coming weekend will be the Big Celebration of Canada’s 150t Birthday, Stay Vigilant, Stay Safe Folks and enjoy your Freedom to Celebrate which was earned for you by men like the Sniper in Question and as far back as WW1.

On a further note a friend who I met on Juno Beach a few years back has been honoured. Men like men like Allan Van der Ree maintain the history of nations. BRAVO ZULU to him.

This is the e mail and Photos I received.

Hello Robby,

With this I have great pleasure to inform you that it has pleased the King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander to honor me with a Royal Decoration for what was stated, my unique, selfless and long term commitment to propagate and preserve the WW II History of Curacao.

When I got the news, I was literally stunned, but cannot be happier with this honor, which is not only contributed to me, but to all who were part of my WW II historical mission in Curacao.

The Royal Decoration I received was “Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau”.

This Order is a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry founded on April 4, 1892 by the Queen Regent, Emma. The order is open to persons who earned special merits for society. These are people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.

The official recommendation to the King was given by my good friend and historian, Commander Royal Netherlands Navy, Jos Rozenburg, my energetic wife Eveline and my resourceful daughter Sheena. Here after many friends followed and many names were added with their recommendation.

I am very grateful to all.

The decoration ceremony was on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, one day before King Willem Alexander’s 50th birthday. The Knight’s decoration was pinned on me by our Governor, who is the Royal Representative of our King. The ceremony was held at the Governor’s Mansion.

It has been awhile that we wrote, but I have never forgotten you nor your kind donation of your books, which are now part of our WAR Museum Curacao. Again a great thank you. I hope you are OK and that we write soon again.

I herewith send you a few photos taken at my ceremony.

Be good and God bless.

Kind regards,


                            Allan D Van der Ree Knighted

Allan his wife Eveline and Daughter Sheena

Governor General of Curacao pinning his medal

As Canadians we share a history with the Dutch. I know many Veterans who married Dutch girls. The Military Families are riddled with historic marriages.

On Canada Day remember that the late Queen Beatrix of Holland was born in Ottawa.

Nil Sine Labore




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Gary Patrick Stegman, In Memorium Rest in Peace Old Soldier.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As my brother apprentice and friend Bill Raspberry said it is difficult when a friend/comrade passes after maintaining a friendship in excess of 1/2 a century. I must say it has been difficult to compose a Remembrance for a friends that I had no idea was seriously ill.

May Gary Rest Easy, may his family know how much he was admired, loved and respected within the Military family. Specifically as a brother Apprentice.

Here are a few pics from the 1978 reunion.

Gary demonstrating his fondness for  hiding from the dreaded Seniors, this was in 1978

There may be a coke machine behind them BUT I doubt their bottles contain Coca Cola?

Bill Raspberry and Gary I do believe they were BEST FRIENDS.




Farewell  my friend.

Nil Sine labore



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Another FIRST for Canada’s Military History

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments



With Canada Day just around the corner as they say. The fact that the PPCLI will be mounting the Guard at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, is great BUT the top story of Mounting of the Guard is this:

When Captain Megan Couto  2  PPCLI calls out her oh-so-familiar drill commands on Monday morning, she will making  history.

As the first ever female Guard Commander for the Royal Guard. History in the making BRAVO ZULU  Captain Couto

This is so fitting  just a week or so before Canada’s Birthday Bash, first our SNIPER with his shot record and now A Canadian Female Captain taking the Royal Guard through their paces. The RSM of the Coldstream Guards who observed her drilling the PPCLI  through the drill routines, said he was amazed at the first time he had ever seen a Female give commands on his Parade Square. This must have made his day?

I am sorry to relay this  sad news, Gary Stegman our last graduating Apprentice has moved onto the Advance Party; This message from a brother Apprentice Bill Raspberry  a longtime friend and brother apprentice  of Gary.


It is never easy to accept the death of a close friend. Gary (aka Da Gow) was my loyal friend for almost half a century.
Gary struggled with health issues for many years but he is at peace now.  I will miss him.
Gary Patrick Stegman passed away in Campbell River BC, at 8:25 pm Saturday 24 June 2017.


Your prayers and thoughts will join mine for Gary and his loved ones, brother apprentices and brothers of the Corps. RIP my comrade.

Nil SIne Labore



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Red Friday and BZ to a Canadian Sniper.

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments




Once again we have  Red Friday, and today I am so PROUD to share this news with you: A crack member of Canada’s Joint Task force 2

His name cannot be released due to security BUT I hope when he retires his Shot is made known within the ARMY. BRAVO ZULU  Soldier, may we see you returning safe to Canada when your tour is completed.

One week till Canada’s BIG 150th Birthday bash folks. Stay safe and enjoy your freedoms to celebrate and party, which are defended, daily by guys. like Canada’s  un – named SNIPER.

Meanwhile in NW Europe the other type of SNIPING continues between Russia and NATO another air incident.

I hope this Link works for all. I cannot emphasis enough, how this Senator Disgusts me:

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Enjoy a safe happy weekend, with your loved ones.

Nil Sine Labore





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