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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, November 06, 2017

R is for REMEMBRANCE DAY


November is always a time of remembrance and respect. We remember our Canadian Armed Forces for their participation in all wars since confederation (1867). Because of our ties with the British Empire, Canada joined forces in the Second Boer War, World War 1, and World War 2. Canada has also participated in multinational coalitions and fought in the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. As well, Canada has played an important role in peacekeeping operations worldwide and has sent more troops than any other country.

Along with remembering Canada's military forces for their sometimes heroic endeavours to keep our country and other countries democratic, we show our utmost respect to them on November 11 every year. We honour them for their specific actions and conduct and respect them for their dedication to freedom. Here is a poem I wrote about respect.


RESPECT

Respect is a blood-tinged soldier's cerise.
It looks like privates positioned at ease.
It sounds like everyone saying "Please."
It smells like the cool crisp scent of autumn leaves.
It tastes like the bread and wine we receive.
It feels like reverberating vibrations of sound.

I would like to share this slideshow from the photos I took at the Remembrance Day service in my village of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada on November 11, 2014. I also dedicate this post to my father, a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, who patrolled the east coast of Canada during World War Two keeping Canada safe from enemy forces that tried to cross the Atlantic in submarines, warships and German U-boats.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Thanks to Melody and her radiant and ravishing group of revolutionaries for keeping ABC Wednesday alive. We refuse to restrain ourselves as we revere the ridiculous to the reflective to the romantic revelations of our contRibutoRs. Please take part in your area's services to rejoice in renowned reflections.
Respect is honoring the moral high ground.

7 comments:

zongrik said...

very cool

ABC Wednesday said...

A wonderful post Leslie.. indeed, rememberance is a good thing, necessary even at some point in time.
Respect should not even be a matter of discussion, it should be there Always... but sadly enough we know all to well that that is not the case.

Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
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Photo Cache said...

Very good R word. Have a great Fall.

My ABC WEDNESDAY

Roger Owen Green said...

Armistice Day, now Veterans Day in the US

ROG, ABCW

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Very nice respectful poem.

Beverley Baird said...

We all need to honour our vets. Beautiful poem Leslie. The one video I remember being so moved by was "A Pittance of Time" by Terry Kelly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kX_3y3u5Uo

Hildred said...

Great post, Leslie. We have a smaller version here in the Similkameen (in our smaller village) The numbers honoring veterans seems to grow each year. My husband was a Lancaster Pilot with 170 Squadron during the war, - he lost two brothers in France and Germany.