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 […]

The 100ths are Soon upon Us

| July 25, 2014

Searching for the Great War 100 Years Later “Some wars name themselves…This is the Great War. It names itself.” Maclean’s Magazine, October 1914, p. 53 “Every intelligent person in the world knew that disaster was impending and knew no way to avoid it.” H.G. Wells (Writer) “…an old world of swords, lances and bugles would […]