ANZAC Day: April 25, 1937

| April 21, 2017

The Australian Coronation Contingent Eighty years ago an Australian contingent of 100 soldiers, 25 sailors and 25 airmen traveled to the United Kingdom for the Coronation of King George VI, 12 May 1937. One of the contingent’s tasks was to return the remains of British soldier, Arthur Evans VC who died in Sydney Australia 1 […]

Nature’s Hymn – Birdsong

| April 15, 2017

Dawn of a New Day With each new day there is a chorus of birds chirping and flitting about from one branch to another announcing the dawn. Content to rejoice as the sun shines upon their places, bringing them warmth, my slightly weary eyes open one at a time. It is dawn, a new beginning. […]

My Vimy

| April 11, 2017

It is as if Vimy is the start of what I do Vimy is connected to family. Its personal. This I learned many years ago from my grandmother who told me stories about her father…..which were…..upon reflection…..stories her mother had told. This was the man Grannie knew…..memories…..passed from one generation to another. Grannie was two […]

Advocate for Wounded Veterans

| April 11, 2017

Ethelbert “Curley” Christian Enlisting in 1915 with the 108th Battalion CEF, Curley Christian served on the Western Front with the 78th Battalion CEF, a unit of the Fourth Canadian Division. At the Battle of Vimy Ridge “Curley” Christian was crushed and trapped for two days, his wounds becoming gangrenous requiring the amputation of his forearms […]

The True North Strong and Free

| April 10, 2017

They did not waiver. This was Canada at its best. The Canadians at Vimy embodied the true north, strong and free. Extract from Prince Charles’ speech, Vimy, April 9, 2017 Within these few lines some words from Canada’s national anthem, …the true north, strong and free. Words to ponder upon a ridge or to feel […]