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. […]

Vimy Pilgrimage 1936 and the 16th Battalion CEF

| April 9, 2017

The Torch Be Yours to Hold it High Pilgrimages to the Western Front especially by family members in search of their fallen sons and daughters was discouraged during the Great War. However, with the end of the war in November 1918, many families, friends and fellow veterans returned to these places of conflict to seek […]

Somewhere in Belgium

| September 26, 2016

Ypres Day Two of Five Today it is a return to Ploegsteert and as we lumber our way across the roadway towards the Rijselpoort, the cobbles remind us every few seconds that we are not quite at our peak for the day. Heading south we successfully navigate our way in approxiamately an hour to Ploegseert Church. […]

Piper J.C. Richardson and Adanac Military Cemetery

| September 10, 2016

Soldiers Who Lie Here Row On Row The award of a humble bronze cross, the Victoria Cross, to Piper James Cleland Richardson has meant much to many people, many communities and many organizations. Jimmy’s story has been told and retold in articles, books and magazines… in exhibits and films and this will not end with […]

Netherlands Remembrance and Liberation

| May 4, 2016

May 4th – May 5th It’s a fine day as the classical notes from a flute drift across the airwaves into the clubhouse. I turn towards the retro-styled ’30s radio as the tempo rises, lowers and then gently hovers as my thoughts cascade towards these day in 1945 – May 4th/5th, the Netherlands and the Canadian Scottish. […]