Remembering…….

No quiz today…just some thoughts and 2 stories about “remembering” the family and friends whose courage in two World Wars has given us the freedoms we enjoy today.

In WWII my father was in the AirForce (RCAF) and my father-in-law was in the Navy (RCN). Neither of them spoke about the war, just about how glad they were to come home when it was over – and each of them happy to meet the child who had been born when they were away.

And the two stories…..

As a convoy was crossing the North Atlantic, one of the escort ships’ engines failed. The Captain of the Corvette called down to the Chief Engineer (ERA) that they were “sitting ducks” and he’d better get them moving ASAP! The ERA ran up to the Captain and said he could get the engines running but he needed a piece of rubber. The Captain blustered “Where in h… will you find a piece of rubber in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean?” To which the ERA looked down and calmly replied, “You’re standing on it, sir.” He took the rubber mat, made a gasket from it and got The Vegreville, moving again.

I had always thought that the German UBoats only got as far into Canada as the outskirts of the harbour in St. John’s Newfoundland. I knew there were nets strung across the harbour to keep them out. However, I was informed that sailors did get up into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and down the St. Lawrence River as far as Matane. I asked how anyone knew that! The answer? When the sailors were caught they had ticket stubs in their pockets from the movie theatre in Matane……

You might like to view one of the Remembrance videos on YouTube and share stories with your family on Nov. 11th.

I am remembering words from the poem “The Fallen” by the British poet Laurence Binyon…

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them…

 

Image by Björn S… – Field poppy – Papaver rhoeas, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40044518

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