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Re: Lest We Forget
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2010, 09:08:41 AM »
I know this isn't a thread about America but on this 9th anniversary of "9/11" let's not forget the people (many from other countries) who lost their lives on that day.  Let us all remember too, that just because your faith is different from mine, does not make you a terrorist.

God Bless all those who lost their lives on 9/11/01. 
And God Bless America.... we need it now more then ever!   

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Re: Lest We Forget
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2010, 09:21:06 AM »
Well put CM!  God bless! 
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Re: Lest We Forget
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2010, 05:17:12 AM »

I've been thinking about the events all week. Well put CM.

For anyone in Ottawa who may be interested, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is today downtown (Ottawa's was Friday).

One of my friends who died three years ago, and another who died two years ago just had their deaths recognized as line of duty deaths. I'll be thinking of them today during the memorial.

The Canadian Police Memorial is on the 25th.
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Re: Lest We Forget
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2010, 10:32:07 PM »
In honour of the upcoming Remembrance Day.
 

THE VETERAN ON OUR TEN DOLLAR BILL   

If you look at the back right side of a Canadian $10 bill, you will see an old veteran standing at attention near the Ottawa war memorial. His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90. That he managed to live to that age is rather remarkable, given what happened in the Second World War.

Born in England , he was one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg.
 
He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel. En route to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire. Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.
 
Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy . En route his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck.
 
In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel.
 
Sent into the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital. They were married in the morning by the mayor of the Italian town, and again in the afternoon by a British padre.
 
After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the  Chairman of the county. On his retirement he and his wife moved to Ottawa . At the age of 80 he wrote a book about his experiences.
 
One day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him. 'He had no idea he would be on the bill,' his daughter said.
 
And now you know the story of the old veteran on the $10 bill.

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Re: Lest We Forget
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2010, 06:24:41 AM »
Thanks Johnny. I hope everyone takes a moment today, to remember those who made tremendous sacrifices for our freedom.
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