Monday, 5 November 2012
Remembrance Day Canada November 11th 2012
The following information is about things to do with Remembrance Day. Some co-workers were nice enough to share some of their family stories of those who served. In my family neither of my grandfathers served some of my uncles did as far as I know they did make it home.
To those who served and didn't make it home Thank You.
Flying officer Frederick John Manning was a navigator in the R.C.A.F. in World War Two. He served for three years and after March 28th 1945 was reported missing somewhere overseas in Germany. His family finally received a letter on June 19th 1952 officially listing him as dead with no known grave. His name is listed on the memorial at Runnymede, England.
To those who served and made it home Thank You.
The helmet shown above was worn by Private Roy Arnold Gilpin during World War One he was in the battle at Vimy Ridge. He's the one pictured sitting down the other soldier I have no information on standing next to him. Private Syden Elvin Burrows pictured with a cane had a leg injury he received during the war. Both men made it back home after serving their country.
To those who are serving today Thank You. And may you all make it home safe.
This R.C.A.F. uniform is a 1956 uniform found in an antique store.
The R.C.A.F. hat was found at a local flea market. The naval hat was found at a local second hand store.
The two above plates are part of the Canada Remembers series by David Craig.
" We Stand On Guard" is the plate with men on it.
" With Glowing Hearts" is the plate with women on it.
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country Kiltartan's cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
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