Remembrance Day at Fort Meezer

All the veterans that fought for us in the wars all over the world are remembered today.  A national holiday honouring the men and women in the armed services that daily keep us safe and uphold our lifestyle.  

A picture of Grampa Kelly around 1938.  He was about 22.  He married grandma not long before war broke out…like the year before.

Grampa Kelly was in World War 2 and was stationed in England as an instructor to the men going across the channel to Germany to fight.  He sent a picture back to grandma of his barracks after it was bombed.

Thanks, Shoko I’ll take it from here.  Dad wrote that this is his barracks after a Heinkel bird dropped an egg.   Can you imagine living like this, never knowing if your home would be there when you got back?  The thought is terrifying.

You can read more about Germany and the Heinkel Bird here.

We are most fortunate to have these stoic men and women to honour today.

 

26 thoughts on “Remembrance Day at Fort Meezer

  1. Xena and Lucy

    Tomorrow (Monday) is our Veterans day. Same concept. Our grandma’s little brother was killed in WW II. We pause to honor all the brave men, women and animals across the world who have served in wars. Xena, Lucy and our Mom Amy

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      One cannot wonder what the person who gave their life would have been like if he lived. What would he have accomplished? Would he have had children? Walking around the Canadian cemetery in Normandy near the beaches, one is stunned by the ages of the men who perished. The majority were in their teens or 20’s.

      Jean

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  2. onespoiledcat

    What a great picture of your Grandpa…..and what a story…..it is hard to imagine what being involved in war must be like. Never knowing from one day to the next if you’ll be alright. Thankfully he was. We hope you have a great day remembering. We will be doing the same here on our Veteran’s Day today. Sending you hugs!

    Love, Teddy and Mom Pam

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  3. Sandee

    What a lovely tribute to Grandpa Kelly. That was an awful time. My father was fighting the Japanese.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      I get choked up every time I think f what the men went through….leaving their families and entering a hell we will never experience to keep our way of life. Very humbling! Your dad was a marvelous man to risk everything for our peace.

      Jean
      PS The kitties send paw prints and purrs your way.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      These old images of dad are priceless to me. Dad passed away when I was 25. We had a close relationship that I shall never forget.

      Ann did a fantastic job on the header and thank you for the compliment. I will let her know you like it.

      Jean

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  4. BellaDharma'ss LadyMew

    Meow-wo yore GrandPaw was furry hansum an brave! Wee salute him fore his service…
    Today wee watched Cenotaff ceremony on TeeV as it iss snowin like crazey out an LadyMew can not be out inn such cold. THE service was furry movin an now mee understands more ’bout THE War an how mee GrandPaw suffered durin Holocaust an survived….just GrandPaw Henry Heinz an his youngest Neffew Guenther who bee-came George. So honorin Veteranss iss impawtent to LadyMew fore sure!
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Thank you Bella D and Lady Mew, dad was a carreer soldier and remained in the Canadian Army until retirement.
      Your Grampa and brother had seen hell and lived to tell about it. When my family was posted to Germany as peacekeeping forces in the mid to late 50’s, dad took the family to the gas chambers to see what hell others had suffered during the war. I was a very young girl but we had pictures of the hell that was endured by those that did not please the 3rd. Reich. A testament to man’s inhumanity to man,

      Jean

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      1. BellaDharma'ss LadyMew

        Mee-yow Miss Jean you saw THE gas chamburrss?? LadyMew iss impressed. When THE German Governmint contacted GrandPaw to come to Hamburg, Germany for a week visit all xpensess paid hee tooked his wife an went. There was a State dinner an public apologee to GrandPaw an many other German Jewss who all so went back. 3 yearss later GrandPaw was invited back an LadyMew was goin to go with him. Shee REELLY wanted to see her PawPaw’ss birthplace an vizzt THE cemetary where Johann Her GrandPaw was buried. THE EBIL StepMew who had gone 1st time went THE 2nd time….shee did NOT need to go an LadyMew was P*$$ed off for yeerss! Now shee iss too unwell an not abell to travel…
        LadyMew’ss ‘Dopt-a-Mum Miss Amanda from Waless has bin to Auschwitz twice an sayss not a bird or any anipal can bee herd…it iss silent place….
        GrandPaw an Couzin Guenther were inn Auschwitz an went on THE Death March to Bergen-Belsen an survived…they sure was an amazin men!!! 😉

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