My dear soldier friend

| November 11, 2020

2020-11-11 My dear soldier friend, Again, I see you upon the high ground ever watchful. Each year we visit. Your sharp-eyed gaze has again passed across these horizons a hundred tens of thousands of times…Your watch… infinite…embedded within you, all that have passed, all here this day and all you know who will follow…this due…to […]

November Poppy…

| November 7, 2018

This Year…This Day There are many ways for us to remember those who served. Equally there are many forms of reminders (poppies)…the obvious, which sometimes gather much attention, the hidden gems tucked away until we happen upon them and the November passers-by moving about their businesses with familiar red petals upon their lapels. Poppies, at […]

Carry On Cobber…Carry On

| April 25, 2018

One ANZAC of Gallipoli Today, 25 April, is ANZAC Day, a day when those especially connected to Australia and New Zealand remember those that went before. This before being, the veterans of Gallipoli, a ground this writer visited some while ago and whose heat, landscape, life, and reminders of war remain within. Trooper Rush of […]

Poppies and Thistles in the Wind

| July 16, 2017

Canadian Scottish Pipers at Rest Piper Major James Groat and Piper James Low Our cab takes us to Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. It’s a fine day with the sun above and the wind across the ground making this particular place a welcome start to our blitz of military history sites in Winnipeg. For a very […]

O Poppy My Poppy!

| May 1, 2015

“O the bleeding drops of red”* Here we are – near to 100 years ago – 3 May 1915 – since Canadian soldier, officer, doctor John McCrae penned, “In Flanders Fields”. McCrae’s reflections upon the loss of fellow soldier and friend, Alexis Helmer, are a personal witness to war that placed within the grasp of […]