The Invisible Army

Monday Morning Blue Berets once again on Canadian Heads.

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

DESPITE the Fiasco of Canadians heading to Columbia under the Blue Beret. The path is now heading  back to Africa, no not the CONGO, RWANDA, NAMIBIA, or EGYPT but to MALI where over a 160 UN peacekeepers have been killed in the past few years. I certainly pray that TRUDEAU does not take their meagre allowance for UN Duty away from these men and women.

All  my best wishes to these newest members of a UN Mission.

Meanwhile it seems that sexual misconduct allegations in the Canadian Military may lead to promotion.   If the allegations were unfounded, should this individual be allowed to sue his employers the DND?

I give you this fro brother apprentice, Veteran and friend George Girling:

The on-going discussion on guns is serious and important.
When ‘push comes to shove’, how WILL we distinguish the ‘good guy from the bad guy’?
Here’s one satiric look at the issue:

Very pertinent in Trumpland I would say, Thanks George.
Define “Good Guy” with a gun…

That’s it for this short and sweet blog today.

Have a safe week and  please give a thought or a prayer (or BOTH) to our Military families, Veterans and serving troops.

Nil Sine Labore


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A wet and WINDY red Friday in Scotland

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments


Red Fridays in 2018 let’s see more RED for our Brave Troops


It certainly is a windy rainy day here in Scotland. Red Fridays continue primarily within the Military Family. How do we get more people interested?  Comments most welcome.


Feds promise more service dogs for vets with PTSD
Questions ahead as federal budget paves the way for more on service dogs for vets with PTSD

Heads turn and smiles break out as the four veterans make their way through the Bayshore mall in Ottawa’s west end one recent Tuesday morning. But it isn’t just the men that the shoppers are watching: it’s also their dogs.
A little-noticed promise in the most recent federal budget has sparked applause and sighs of relief from veterans across Canada dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological trauma.
The commitment was to add “psychiatric service dogs” to the list of medical items that Canadians can claim as a tax credit on income-tax forms, as is already the case with guide dogs for the blind.

The move follows the recent results of a government-commissioned study that indicated — as many veterans and advocacy groups had long claimed — that dogs can go a long way in helping those suffering from invisible injuries.
“He lowers my anxiety. He gets me out of the house,” says Dwayne Sawyer of his service dog, a golden Labrador named Rex who has been helping the 22-year veteran with his PTSD.
Rex sits at Sawyer’s feet as shoppers walk by.
“I have to look after him, which makes me have to get up and do stuff. Prior to that, I wasn’t getting out of bed. And if we’re in a mall situation and he can feel my anxiety, he gets really cuddly and he gets right up into me.”

Yet the answer to one big question is still being worked on: What, precisely, qualifies as a psychiatric service dog?       MY answer to this question?

Any dog no matter  the size or breed, that encourages Veterans with PTSD to share the  unqualified love of a Canine Partner, should qualify as a “psychiatric service dog” . If the person enjoys comfort from a canine, they should qualify. Training centres can be set up in most provinces with very little required. Most training centres for dogs, would be happy to train a dog for Psychiatric service.

Most rescue hounds I am sure would qualify. The are in need of sharing love.  As the Vet stated in the above article. He gets up in the morning and feeds and walks his pal. This certainly  helps some PTSD sufferers to get up and out of the house.

For once Trudeau may actually be helping Veterans with this  announcement.

Number of Canadian soldiers on UN peacekeeping missions hits new low. Opinion by Murray Brewster

The world is indebted to Canada for their PeaceKeeping work around our troubled globe.

This from my Brother Apprentice Joe Drouin. Thanks Joe:

Good morning Robby,

I taught that you would be interested in this great article. I enjoy reading your comments. Keep up the good work, mon ami.

The ‘highway of heroes’, in honour of Canada’s fallen soldiers. Joe

There’s a video with the article.
Friday, March 9, 2018, 11:57 AM – The Canadian government, in partnership with local businesses has announced plans to plant 2 million trees between Trenton and Toronto — one for every Canadian that has served in the armed forces.
Of those trees, 117,000 will be planted directly along a stretch of the 401 highway that’s referred to as the ‘highway of heroes’, in honour of Canada’s fallen soldiers.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement Friday at the Garden Canada Blooms show in Toronto.
A Highway of Heroes garden will be on display at the show until March 18th, aimed at raising awareness about the campaign.
“The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign has a threefold benefit: honouring our military, cooling the environment and beautifying the most travelled highway in North America.,” reads an excerpt on the “Tree for every hero” campaign website.
Organizers of the initiative are inviting the public to get involved through donations, fundraising and volunteering.
About the Highway of Heroes
A portion of Ontario’s 401 highway between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and Toronto’s Don Valley Parkway/Highway 404 Junction was officially designated the Highway of Heroes on August 24, 2007.
The road is travelled by funeral processions for fallen Canadian Armed Forces personnel from CFB Trenton to the Toronto coroner’s office.
The Highway of Heroes designation was extended to Keele Street West in Toronto in 2013, to coincide with the move of the coroner’s office.
Source: A Tree for Every Hero

This is the website for the Highway of Heroes Tribute


Give a Thought or a prayer for your Military, Military Families, Please wear Red to show your SUPPORT

Nil Sine Labore


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Mid Week Meandering

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

14 K pairs of childrens shoes on lawns of US Capitol Signifying one for each child killed by gunshot. So Sad so striking.                                             

R I P Stephen Hawkings a man ahead of his time. Today’s Blog honours the life and intellect of one of the world’s finest brains since Albert Einstein. 

Sadly in Canada we cannot say we have an intellectual Prime Minister. This article from the Daily Mail here in the UK:

If this is what the world thinks of our leader Canada is in BIG trouble.

Not only did the PM ignore a meeting with the King and Queen of Belgium one of our NATO allies Rideau Hall placed a German flag at the site of a tree planting on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Although the  German and the Belgian Flags  bear the same 3 stripes of colour one is Horizontal and the other is Vertical?

Although the Belgian Ambassador accepted Trudeau’s excuse. I for one believe our elected leader should meet and greet foreign dignitaries. The Governor General is responsible for accommodation and hosting Royalty on behalf of our Queen. BUT Trudeau as elected (leader) must observe  protocol off  Royal Visitors to our home and Native Land.

One may well think if it had been a visit by a terrorist  he would be their with a handshake, a hug, and an open wallet.

The ombudsman for our Veterans hosted a live open forum for questions on Facebook. I tuned in but found it to be totally inconsistent with a million flashing questions, comments and silly emojis  floating across the screen. Very poor show in my humble opinion.

As some of you may or may not know we have a Radio Studio 24/7 here in Scotland at our legion. Folks from around the world can listen in in many ways and can use FaceBook to send requests, news or comments Simply go to RiverDeeRadio on F/B . The Banchory Scottish Legion is a great place to visit should you find yourself in Scotland.

On that note please give a thought or a prayer to our Military and Military Families. Here is a selection of music you may enjoy on River Dee Radio:

Nil Sine Labore






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Monday no MOANING

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

























On the past weekend. I participated in the 100th Anniversary of the RAF, here in Scotland at the Banchory Museum. It was a great well attended event. The 2 most senior RAF veterans that appeared were 96 and 97 years  of age. One was a Spitfire pilot and the other served in India as a Radio Officer. a Hearty BRAVO ZULU to all the Veterans of any wars. We had a NAAFI with free sandwiches. cupcakes and a cake donated by a local café.

Our RCAF is currently 75 but I know many Canucks were flying in WW1.  One was our English teacher at the RCASC Apprentice school. Mt Gwynne -Timothy (RIP) who was actually in the same squadron as Billy BIshop.

In Novemeber we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of WW1. I am looking for photos, history etc of the Canadian Forestry Brigade that was serving here in Aberdeenshire  running timber cutting operations, which was essential in both wars. They came primarily from Newfoundland and Quebec. So I ask if anyone has  links etc please fwd to me at

It was also very nice to see that friends of a Veteran RN, RCN,Submarine service etc held a function to raise money for his medical treatment (YES IN CANADA) the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund  donated as well as the Royal British Legion….Dominion Command RCL flat our refused assistance to this Canadian Veteran a member of the RCL over 30 years.. Brave Zulu to all friends and family of Fred Rodgers who went the extra mile, as well as the RN and the RBL.


Here is this months issue of The Sandbag Times:

And here is the web site:

Please remember our serving troops their Military Families and off course our Veterans.

Nil Sine Labore


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Red Friday and ……Good News? ? ?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

A working Dog and mistress in RED for FRIDAY
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump to meet for nuclear talks
South Korean leader declares that meeting will be a ‘historical milestone’

Finally a great headline. Hopefully the Orangeman will stick to script from both his military advisers and his experts in the field, of a possible Milestone agreement.

To continue with good news on this RED FRIDAY Canada’s Paralympians are ready to go.

Canada announces sledge hockey roster for Pyeongchang Paralympics

Nearly half of Canada’s Paralympic team has a BC connection.

Best of Luck to all Competitors:See the source image

Please wear something RED today as you cheer on our Paralympic Teams.

Nil Sine Labore




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Midweek Moan and the passing of another RCASC (A)

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

With Sadness I received the news of yet another Soldier Apprentice, who has moved to the Advance Party;

Major Wilfred D. “Bill” Rankin 1940-2018 RCASC Soldier Apprentice Retired as a Major.

With heavy hearts the family of Major Wilfred (Bill) Rankin want to share that he passed away peacefully with his Family at his side at the Moncton Hospital on Friday March 2, 2018. Born on February 1, 1940 in Peterborough, Ontario he was the son of the late Wilfred and Francis Rankin. Bill was a loving, devoted husband to Marilyn (Embree). Devoted father to Tanya, Tara, David and father in law to Eric. Grampie to Justin (Nathalie), and Big Grampie to Alex and Chase all of Moncton. He will leave a huge void in their lives. Bill also leaves his brother Dave (Helen), sisters, Mary and Lil, nephews, Tim (Nicky), Dillon, niece Tammy and cousins, Charney, Sheila and Eddy all of Peterborough. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Jim and Ted. Proudly, with a note from his Parents Bill joined the RCASC as an Apprentice in 1956. His Military career took him from Peterborough to Borden, Vancouver, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Germany, Calgary, and Moncton. He did Peacekeeping missions to Egypt and Cyprus. It was an exciting and satisfying time for him when he did a Tour to Virginia, USA as a Logistics Instructor. His last posting was to Ottawa where they lived in Russell, Ontario. After retirement in 1995 Bill devoted himself to his Town. He was an active member of both the Russell Legion and the Russell Lions Club and headed the fund raising for the expanded building which became the home of the Lions Club and Legion in Russell where he enjoyed playing pool and shuffle board. He was also the go to guy in Russell for income tax returns. He was always willing to help his neighbors with anything they needed help with. His carpentry skills weren’t the best, but he was willing to give it a try. His hobbies were golf, golf and if he could find time an extra golf game. He also tried his hand at gardening. He loved to play in his flower beds and would wait and see how it worked out later. He had an annual passion to go hunting with his Buddies. He would return unshaven, empty handed and announce another successful hunt. Spring 2012 the time came to move back to Moncton to be close to his children and grandchildren. The move gave him new hobbies; he found great pleasure and enjoyment to sit out on his front deck with his morning coffee and paper and the occasional chat with a walking neighbor. Evenings was the time to go for a walk and check things out around the neighborhood. Bill only had one fear, family pets. If met by one he would quietly suggest they “back off “and this is how they shared their love for each other. His greatest passion was his family and family get togethers. The more the merrier for him. He loved to host large family dinners; everyone had a seat at the table. His dinner table was his art, forks on the left, knives on the right and cloth, not paper serviettes folded a certain way. He enjoyed family trips south. Always ready to go explore and try anything. He would always be ready and usually the first one in the car.

With heartfelt thanks to Brother Apprentice Bob D’Avignon for sending this fine obituary. Farewell Bill from all your BROTHERS. Our thoughts and prayers are with those you left behind.

Rest in Peace Old Soldier Your Duty Done

DISTURBING   NEWS : Trudeau Considering Mass “AMNESTY” For Immigration & Refugee Claimants.

If there is any truth in this article. I will seriously consider turning in my Citizenship and Canadian Passport?

This is outrageous, that possible and in some cases comvicted  criminals will be allowed to remain in Canada……. and to vote???? is this something he has learned from countries under the thumb of the Government. WHERE is the money coming from for these people to remain many not working?? From our taxes that’s where and out of the pockets of seniors and veterans. This is the most daft idea this clown has ever had thus far.

South of our Border the Orangeman lays further sanctions on North Korea despite this news article:

As John Lennon used to say “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE” c’mon Donald get with the programme.

Please remember our Veterans and their Families, as well as our Serving Troops and the Military Families.

Nil Sine Labore





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