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.
Kali and I thought we’d show you what our family was doing today. We spent most of the morning outside….all of us. Nice day and hardly any smoke.
Dad was outside getting rid of our old fence with a new one. Him and the neighbour finally agreed on a fence and split the cost.
Our new fence…look ma no pathways through the fence. No introoders can come bouncing through the fence now.
A little feathered friend…ya, not a friend of mine….came for a drink. Come have a seat on the railing. *Shoko rubs paws together.*
I gotta admit this guy is tiny.
You can see the old fence in the background.
These are mom’s volunteer, “Love Lies Bleeding.” They have red peeking out of the top of their heads.
I’m feeling a tad peckish, let’s go inside. Ya, this is my new place mat that mom brought me back from Paris. I’m allowed to eat up on the island cause my food is one Kali shouldn’t have.
Hey, mom whatcha doin? Are you working on your recipe for Shopping Around The World hosted by Bacon, my bro by another mother?
I don’t think the recipe calls for soups this month but I’ll check. These are our leeks. I’m going to put in a green pepper that is turning red. Just for some colour. Whatever? I don’t want it. I don’t eat green food. We know what grass does so, no thanks….you and dad enjoy. It’s also The Cat On my Head’s Selfie Sunday. This week Kali has the honour. Pad on over to The Cat on my Head blog and see the furries that have clicked themselves stupid for the bestest selfie. Click on our hostess’s name and drop in. MOL What? I just woke up….lemme see,you want me to take my.. *click*…whoops wasn’t quite ready. MOL Have a great day my friends.
The 11th day of November is Remembrance Day here in Canada. A day where we all remember the men, women and animals that fought for us so we could live free. We owe our lifestyle to these brave men, women and animals. Some died, some were physically scarred and all would never be the same again. War takes a hefty toll but these great heroes faced evil incarnate for the rest of us. We are humbled by their loyalty to our country.
Along with horses and dogs, the list of types of animals employed in war is extensive, from birds and rodents sent into tunnels to detect poisonous gas to donkeys, reindeer and elephants used to carry heavy loads. Animals have also been kept by military units as pets and mascots, offering comfort and companionship and helping to boost morale among troops. Cats have often fallen into this category, though they have also served by catching rats on ships and carrying messages around their necks onto the battlefield.
Individual animals have also been honoured. The Dickin Medal, also known as the animals’ Victoria Cross, was established in 1943 to recognize animals who had shown “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units.” From 1943 to 1949, 54 animals received the medal. Amongst them were dogs, horses and one cat, but the majority of recipients were carrier pigeons. With a good sense of direction and the ability to fly up to 100 kilometres an hour, these animals flew through difficult weather conditions and direct gunfire to deliver important messages, saving lives as a result.
The two preceding paragraphs are quotes from the BCSPCA Newsletter.
During the 11th. month of the 11th. day of the 11th. hour we cease all activity and chatter, bow our heads for 1 minute and honour those that have given the supreme sacrifice for us.