Human nature has it that there have always been those who would oppress and those who will resist. Freedom is something that we inherently seek out and struggle to maintain. Remembrance Day is a way to bring to light the sacrifices made in the fight for liberty and to teach the young about simple freedoms. One day a year is really not enough; however, it seems that honoring our veterans and their efforts is becoming more widespread.
What these 3 images mean to me:
– reflections of a veteran, many of whom do not speak of the horrors they have lived through;
– the young who believe that service in the defense of their country is a personal calling;
– respect for those who have sacrificed personal comfort and even their lives and teaching the young that it counts.
Bomber Command played a vital role in the war effort during WWII.
This role has gone largely unacknowledged. Last Saturday and today, I was on hand to view a documentary on the building and unveiling of a memorial to Bomber Command in downtown London, England. Aluminum from a recovered bomber, RCAF Halifax LW682, was used in the construction of the ceiling of that memorial.
On a separate occasion, Senator Anne Cools traveled at her own expense with Bomber Command Museum of Canada contingent to the Virginia War Memorial dedication (on Oct. 22, 2013) of a special stone tablet and plaque dedicated to the 16 Virginians killed-in-action in the RCAF.
The photo in Senator Cools’ hand shows Laurie Hawn MP, Karl Kjarsgaard and Senator Cools just after the dedication – the Canadian representatives at this special ceremony.
This photo which was presented to the Senator as a token of appreciation for her long standing support of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada.
The metal plaques are made of aluminum from RCAF Halifax LW682. An ingot is shown sitting on the stool, bottom left.