Mid Week CHRISTMAS is CLOSING in on us…..

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

First this morning I would like to do a quick explanation to a Reader who served 30 years in RCEME. I would like to see a change in the Criminal Code in order that CNADAIANS who WISH to show there love and respect for a family member on REMEMBRANCE DAY. Should be allowed the freedom of Choice as Canadians to wear the medals earned by a deceased family Member. In Canada we thrive on Democracy and freedom and to have an outdated law such as this is. Restrictive at best to tell some one they may wind up in a cell for Remembrance of a Military family member.  You as I mentioned sir are certainly entitled to your opinion as Canadaians we can disagree about many things and still remain Comrades.  That is it so sorry you took it as a personal attack. It never was , as I do not know you personally.

With Christmas coming once again I emphasise the Soldiers, Sailors, and airmen who will be away. This Link was certainly an Eyeopener to myself.

Since 1947, the Canadian Armed Forces have completed 72 international missions. More than 3,600 soldiers, sailors and Air Force personnel are deployed overseas on operational missions. On any given day, about 8,000 Canadian Armed Forces members Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Canadian Army (one-third of the Canadian deployable force) are preparing for, engaged in or are returning from an overseas mission.        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_military_operations

I send thoughts and prayers to the  submariners and their families who are missing for almost 2 weeks.

The Submariner’s Prayer

O Father, hear our prayer to Thee
For your humble servants, beneath the sea
In the depths of oceans, as oft they stray
So far from night, so far from day
We would ask your Guiding Light to glow
To make their journey safe below
Please oft times grant them patient mind
Then ‘ere the darkness won’t them blind
They seek thy protection from the deep,
Please grant them peace when ‘ere they sleep
Of their homes and loved ones far away
We ask you care for them each day
Until they surface once again
To drink the air and feel the rain
We ask your guiding hand to show
A safe progression sure and slow
Dear Lord, please hear our prayer to thee
For your humble servants beneath the sea.

Have a great week folks and make sure you get your cards and parcels out to our Troops.

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

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A half Century of Service to Mankind

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

 

Good Morning, I would like to take this opportunity  as Remembrance Day arrives to tell you of a Veteran who this past week Celebrated his 1/2 century mark as a Man of the Cloth. Military Padres have a difficult job and I am so PROUD to call Art my Friend.

Reverend Art Turnbull  RCASC Association Padre amongst his many positions.

In 1956 a young man signed on the proverbial dotted line. Art was an Apprentice Soldier, a Cook by trade.

He worked in field units until 1963 when he heard the word or to Quote from his memories in our Apprentice Book of Memories.I

” In 1961 I had come to the conclusion that I was called to study for and become an Anglican Priest, this was a daring decision for me to make. There is a vast difference between being an Army Cook to becoming a man of the cloth. I had to clean up my language for one thing. I used to use the same words but within a different context.

 

Padres are an extremely major part of of both soldiers lives and military families.  As well as the sunday services whether in the field or in a chapel. Our Padres do amazing work counselling families and others.

So I send out a HEARTY    BRAVO  ZULU  to congratulate Art and to thank him and all padres for their spiritual care of all military and their families.

 

 

 Art conducting memorial Service at the RCASC (A) memorial in Camp Borden.

  THANK YOU PLEASE WEAR A POPPY FOR REMEMBRANCE;

11/11/11/      11th Hour 11th Day  11th Month

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

Addendum the Answers to our Quiz of yesterday:

Our Tribute to War Time Heroes is approaching quickly. Here are the Answers to our Flanders Field quiz. With thanks to a Great Canadian Teacher Marilyn Schick  AKA Dave Maxwell 25 Pl Baby Sister
  1. Who wrote the poem In Flanders Field? Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was the Canadian army doctor who wrote the world famous poem In Flanders Fields.
  2. Where was the poem’s author born (bonus if you know the date)? John McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario, on November 30, 1872.
  3. Where did the poem’s author go to school and when did he complete his degree. He attended the University of Toronto Medical School. He liked to write and some of his poems and short stories were published in a variety of magazines. He completed his degree in 1898.
  4. During the South African War what unit was the author in charge of. He led a battery with the Canadian Field Artillery during the South African War.
  5. When WWI broke out in 1914 the poems author was 41 years old. What role and unit was he assigned to. When the first World War broke out in 1914, McCrae was 41 years old. He enlisted and was appointed brigade-surgeon in the First Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery.
  6. When was he stationed near Ypres, Belgium (near Flanders). In April 1915, McCrae was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, in the area called Flanders.
  7. What event inspired the poem In Flanders Field? On May 2, 1915, McCrae’s friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed in action and buried in a makeshift grave. World poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves and he was inspired to write In Flanders Field the next day.
  8. When and where was the poem first published? In Flanders Fields was first published in England’s Punch magazine in December 1915. Within months, this poem came to symbolize the sacrifice of all who were fighting in the First World War.
  9. When did the poems author die and where is he buried. John McCrae died on January 28, 1918, of illness and is buried in Wimereux Cemetery, near Boulogne, France.

 

 

 

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Remembrance Day Quiz and some more Trivia……

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Our Tribute to War Time Heroes is approaching quickly. I am pleased to add this Quiz all the way from Japan, My friend Marilyn  Schick whose brother is a Veteran of the Canadian Army. DJC Maxwell was RCASC, Clerk Admin for those who may know him. He now resides in TRUMPLAND.

  Answers soon. Please do not google try your memory.

  1. Who wrote the poem In Flanders Field
  2. Where was the poem’s author born (bonus if you know the date)
  3. Where did the poem’s author go to school and when did he complete his degree.
  4. During the South African War what unit was the author in charge of
  5. When WWI broke out in 1914 the poems author was 41 years old. What role and unit was he assigned to
  6. When was he stationed near Ypres, Belgium (near Flanders)
  7. What event inspired the poem In Flanders Field
  8. When and where was the poem first published
  9. When did the poems author die and where is he buried?

Canadian Trivia:

Here is a little more Remembrance Day Trivia for you.
  1. Canada is far from alone in celebrating Remembrance Day. Throughout the Commonwealth, it’s marked with one or two minutes of silence, although in some of those countries, like the UK, it takes place on the second Sunday of the month. Outside the Commonwealth, there are many variations on the day: in France, it’s Armistice Day; in the US it’s Veterans Day; in Poland, Independence Day. In Germany, he armistice itself isn’t celebrated; instead, Volkstrauertag commemorates those who died in armed conflicts or as the victims of violent oppression.
  2. The day initially was intended to commemorate the Armistice of Compiegne, an agreement between the Allies and Germany. The terms: cessation of fighting, withdrawal of German troops, exchange of prisoners and a promise of reparations. The name changed to Remembrance Day in 1931 following a bill introduced by Progressive MP Alan Neill.
  3. The Armistice of Compiegne was actually signed on the 11th of November, 1918 at 5am not 11am. But according to the terms of the accord, peace didn’t come into effect until six hours later – at the famous 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.
  4. From 1919 to 1931, Armistice Day was celebrated on the Monday of the week during which November 11 fell. And from 1921 to 1931, that day was also designated as Thanksgiving. That all changed in 1931: the same bill which remanded the day to Remembrance Day also fixed it on November 11.
  5. In the UK the remembrance poppy is made of our paper, whereas ours is made out of molded plastic. Animal Aid, a UK animal rights group, issues, purple poppy to be worn alongside the red one commemorating the animal victims of war. This year, a campaign to hand out whit poppy pins, which symbolize peace rather than remembrance, has drawn criticism for politicizing Remembrance Day.
  6. The symbol of the poppy is derived from In Flanders Field but the custom of wearing a symbolic poppy comes from Mona Michael, A YWCA worker who inspired by the poem, decided to wear a silk poppy in commemoration. The National American Legion adopted the flower as its official symbol in 1920 and the next year, the Commonwealth nations followed suit.
  7. According to the Royal Canadian Legion, the lapel poppy should always be worn on the left lapel, close to the heart, and shouldn’t be combined with another pin, such as a Canadian flag. Generally, poppies are worn starting from the last Friday in October until 11am on Remembrance Day.
  8. Inscribed in the seven illuminated Books of Remembrance are the names of more than 118,000 Canadians who’ve died in war since Confederation. The books commemorate: The first World War (66,655 names); Second World War (44,893 names), the Newfoundland dead of the two World Wards (2,363 names); the Korean War (516 names); the South African War and Nile Expedition (283 names); the Merchant Navy (2,199 names); the Service of Canada (1,300 and counting).
  9. Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Solider is located at the National War Memorial in Ottawa’s Confederation Square. It contains the remains of an unidentified soldier who died in the First World War – but those remains weren’t brought to Canada until the year 2000, when they were selected from a cemetery near Vimy Ridge.
  10. The familiar Remembrance Day bugle call was used in the British Arm to indicate that all the sentry posts in a camp had been inspected and to signal to any soldiers remaining on the battlefield that the fighting was over for the day. According to Veterans Affairs Canada, in Remembrance Day ceremonies it now symbolizes death.
  11. The Memory Project is an initiative of Historica Canada that acts as a record of Canada’s participation in the Second World War and Korean War, as well as in Peacekeeping operations. The site contains stories about the individual war experiences of Canadian soldiers, along with audio interviews, photos and letters.

 

On that note I attach a photo of some of our Members here In Scotland selling Poppies last week.  Please note the Canadian Veteran wearing both his Grandfather’s and Father’s Medals in their honour. That should be on the quiz which Commonwealth Country makes it a Criminal Act to wear the medals of a deceased  Family Member?

Please  wear a Poppy  and always Remember our Veterans who paid the ultimate price.

Also our serving soldiers and the military family.

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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