One hundred years ago – on November 11 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – millions of men laid down their guns. This was Armistice Day, the end of the first world war.
Germany, the last belligerent standing among the Central Powers, had collapsed militarily, economically and politically.
We’ve UNFORTUNATELY had many wars since then and many more men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom …. families who’ve lost loved ones or who give their loved ones to our country instead of having them safe at home – they never come back the same. Which begs the question, have we NOT learned?
It takes courage to fight in your own war.
It takes courage to fight someone else’s war.
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell.
They bring hope to foreign lands that hate mongers can’t kill.
Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who go over.
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It’s a pittance of time
In peace may they rest,
Lest we forget why they died,
Take a pittance of time.
Terry Kelly – A Pittance Of Time| MetroLyrics
On this 100th anniversary of Armistice and each November 11th I’d like to acknowledge a few people in my life who were in the military, who did not come home and/or saw the horrors of war.
☮️ My great grand father Pt. Emile Lamothe – (WWI) 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment. I wrote an elaborate blog on him and what I have been able to find out about his time in WWI – visit that blog here.
☮️ George Victor Lee was my great grand uncle who died a at France and Flanders in WWI by a shell attack. Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. I also wrote a blog about him – the stuff I was able to find through his war diaries is amazing – click here to see that blog entry.
☮️ My great grampa Joseph Lee (George’s brother) served in WWI.
☮️ My grampa Benjamin George Richards – The Royal Regiment of Canada. Regimental Number B-66965. He spent 5 years in Iceland and overseas serving during WWII – that’s where he my my gramma Sally – they married and she came back to Canada as a War Bride – the link to his story is here.
☮️ My second cousin by marriage, Dave Losier spent many many years of contributions to our country. Dave, thank you for your service.
☮️ My good friend Michelle Bignell-bender lost her nephew Sergeant Robert Dynerowicz of the Royal Canadian Dragoons in April 2017, as a result of a training accident.
I am so eternally grateful for your service. Thank you just isn’t enough!
To this day (100 years later) the people of the Netherlands show great respect toward Canadians and in particular to those Canadians who paid the supreme sacrifice and are laid to rest in the cemeteries throughout the Netherlands. The elders are able to pass on to the young people of the Netherlands the true meaning of the sacrifice made by these young men of war in their quest for peace and freedom which the people of the Netherlands enjoy today.
LEST WE FORGET
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. Terry was impressed with the stores leadership role in adopting the Legions two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the stores contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven oclock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect. Terrys anger towards the father for trying to engage the stores clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time.
Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream. Thank You to the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch #10 and Woodbine Height Branch #2 for their participation in the Video.