Wear Your Poppy

Uncle Waldron, North Nova Highlander

Ninety years ago tomorrow, the Armistice was signed which ended the First World War. Every year since that day, on the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month, we pause to remember the sacrifices made by those who fought that war, and all wars since. As I’ll be in a meeting at that time, I’ll be pausing on Atlantic Time, rather than Eastern Standard.

Above is a photo of my great Uncle Waldron, who served in the North Nova Highlanders during the Second World War. He went on to become an RCMP officer and an MLA for Prince Edward Island.

Another uncle, Hector, fought and died in the First World War as part of the Canadian infantry (Quebec batallion). He is buried in Ypres at the Menin Gate Memorial. He was 15 years old. His father fudged his age as he was anxious to have his sons fight for King and country. There is a long line of Camerons in my family, all soldiers, going back to the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Other than that conversation between Emily and Lloyd about white poppies, I know this is not even remotely connected to Corrie but I figure us Corrie Canuckistanis are a traditionally-minded lot so I hope nobody  minds if I did a Remembrance Day post.

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14 Responses to Wear Your Poppy

  1. fondue says:

    I’m wearing my poppy. My Dad’s brother, Stuart was an airman, lost over France; he was never found. I never met him. As my Dad has gotten older, this has become much more important in our family. Age, or should I say maturity, makes us see things in a different light. The sacrifice that these very young people made for us, giving up their lives of promise so that we could live free, blows me away.

  2. pip says:

    My grandfather served in the first world war and survived. He never talked about it.

    My daughter went on a school trip of war memorials to France and the Netherlands last spring, including Vimy Ridge. At Vimy they all lined up together holding hands to have their picture taken by the teacher. During the picture taking they spontaneously began singing ‘Oh, Canada’. We haven’t forgotten and our children have not forgotten.

    When we are able to mourn every individual death of a Canadian soldier in Afganistan we become so much more aware of the enormity of the sacrifices made in the first and second world wars when thousands of lives were lost in a single day.

  3. haili says:

    My generation has been lucky enough not to have to go to war. My mother had 4 brothers in WWI and a couple of them were in the second war as well.

  4. TrudyC says:

    My grandfather fought in WWI and my father was in WW2.

    My son went to the Normandy coast a few years ago with school. While on the beach he and his friends made a little memorial of stones on which they wrote Merci, Thank you & their names in the chalk from the ridge. Then they placed their Canadian flag pins on it.

    Lest We Forget.

  5. Gayle says:

    Thanks John. My Grandfather served in WWI, my father and my uncle served in WWII.

    Lest we forget.

  6. tanzie says:

    My father was in WWII ..landed on Juno Beach on D Day. He had lied about his age to enlist. He met his future wife (my mum) in Scotland and they married overseas. She was a war bride and the stories of her adaption to northern ontario life are hillarious. He hardly ever talked about the war, but it stayed with him his whole life.

  7. romeozulu says:

    Well played, John.

  8. Mandy says:

    I am so happy that Remembrance Day hasn’t lost any of its importance, even on the internet. I am so thankful for those who fought and those who fought and died to keep us free. I have been wearing my poppy and I wear it proudly. Canada is, and will always be, the most majestic, beautiful and greatest country in the world.

  9. Michigander Fan says:

    I’m wearing a poppy as well – hoping to start the tradition here in the US (where it doesn’t seem to be “done”).

    My granddad was a pilot in the “Army Air Corps” (which was the Air Force by the end of WW2) and my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor.

    I have vets in my family going back to the Civil War – still trying to see if the one branch goes back far enough to have been here during the Revolutionary War.

    Sincerest thanks to all our veterans, both US and Canadian.

    Long Live Freedom.

    MF

  10. kunzie says:

    Thanks very much John, wonderful pic and info. My maternal grandfather was with the 11th field regiment out of Guelph; I am transcribing his journals at the moment. He had a great sense of purpose and sense of humour. My dad was also in WW2 (he was 54 when I was born, LOL). Air force. My father-in-law, an Austrian, escaped the 3rd Reich and was shot at crossing the Danube in a dinghy. The first time my FIL had french fries, an American captain made them. My mother-in-law, a refugee, walked from Romania to Austria. Mr. Kunzie and I owe what we have directly to our parents, God bless them.

  11. corrierules says:

    Thank you for the RD post.

  12. Margaret says:

    Always wear a poppy. Attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies outside Old City Hall here in Toronto. My grandfather and great uncle served in World War 1 – my poor great uncle was captured almost as soon as he landed in Europe in 1914 and was a POW until Armistice in 1918. My father and two uncles served in the 2nd world war and my brother is a 30 year member of the Canadian Forces.

  13. S. Poole says:

    And don’t forget the freedom fighters who are off in distant lands now.

    http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/bob_mckenzie/?id=255515&lid=sublink03&lpos=topRelated_main

  14. mayfairgirl says:

    My great-grandfather was in WWI, I can’t believe how many people know of someone who was involved, somehow. Did anyone read the Globe and Mail’s “Dear Sweetheart”? So beautiful!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/dearsweetheart

    and another interesting link

    http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/armistice/

    after Remembrance Day, I always love leaving my poppy by Old City Hall Cenotaph.

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