Cutting Into Chalk

| October 30, 2020

Three Soldiers of the 16th In 2017 we journeyed to Vimy from Ieper (Ypres, Belgium). It was my first experience driving on the continent and although prepared (having a plan for the day) and filled with hopeful arrival times, we were not without diversion. In one instance, with the white towers of Vimy on the […]

Great War Remembered Concert – 2018

| November 10, 2018

St. Martin’s Cathedral: The Great War Remembered Concert We have steadied ourselves against the wind as we wait for the wooden doors to open. There are many of us here outside amidst the gusts of wind. Awaiting the performance, we watch as seats fill…several have been before but today is a first for this part […]

To Common Folks and Kings

| November 3, 2018

The Great War Poets: The Known and Unknown Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Ledwidge, Graves, Blunden, McCrae, Rosenberg, Kipling..names of some of the Great War’s many poets. Who has not read a poem of the Great War?…In Flanders Fields the poppies blow…Some better known than others. Some poets famous for a body of work; others for a […]

51st (Highland) Division Memorial (1924)

| September 3, 2018

Friends are good on the day of battle Located near to Y Ravine, within the present day Newfoundland Park, the 51st Division Memorial commemorates their success during the Battle of the Ancre 13 November 1916. The memorial project was aided by the good work of  Lieutenant Colonel Nangle, the former Roman Catholic padre of the […]

The Hearth

| July 1, 2018

All Were Canada It sung to us at from a ridge in France…and as we settled, having been witnesses to the day, this bow caressed the hearth to life. It was warmth, it was home, it was Canada. We stood and we sat, in silence, as each note filled our eyes with connection to this […]