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Old 06-06-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Salute to the 'Greatest Generation'

On the 65th anniversary, as a proud Canadian, I'm nodding my head in salute to those men that went onto Juno Beach in Normandy. I'm truly humbled by what courage it took for ALL the men to run into a rain of bullets, whether American, British, Canadian, and any others. I honestly can't say if I would have 'the bollocks' to do what all these guys did.
I'm willing to overlook for now the fact that the French Govt. did not want representatives of the UK, Canada, or the British Royal Family to have anything to do with memorial proceedings marking D Day. The men involved in D-Day I'm sure would have swept pettyness like this aside, and forged ahead to kick ass!
The Greatest Generation!!!!
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One of my must do's in my life, to visit the many memorials dotted around Normandy, of ALL the allies.
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:31 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:14 AM   #3
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I'd love to eventaully get to see Dieppe, Juno Beach, Beaumont Hamel & Vimy Ridge

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Old 06-08-2009, 12:10 PM   #4
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My dad was there, though he was in the artillery so he didn't have to storm the hellish beach. When I asked him why he joined up (volunteer from Nfld) he replied "The Adventure, that's what most of us signed up for."

Still think the old bastard has balls as big as church bells. Gotta give props to the beach stormers. Brave men who ran into a literal hail of bullets and shrapnel.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:26 PM   #5
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well worth a thread

salute indeed
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:16 AM   #6
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One of my must do's in my life, to visit the many memorials dotted around Normandy, of ALL the allies.
Seems fitting to post this picture today. It was impossible to walk through this memorial and keep it together. I hope their sacrifice is never forgotten.


Canadian Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, Normandy
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #7
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Amen............thanks to all that served and still serve............we owe our freedom to you!!!

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Old 11-11-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Good bump Manxman, it is the day to remember, I was there in Sept. and had the same experience as you, moving place. Thanks to all who served.

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:35 PM   #9
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I'd love to eventaully get to see Dieppe, Juno Beach, Beaumont Hamel & Vimy Ridge
Great post to bump up.
I started a "Vimy" account a couple of years ago with plans to attend their 100th anniversary in 2017. Will definitely take in a number of other memorials too, especially Juno Beach.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:34 AM   #10
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bald1rides, my Dad was also overseas in '43-'45 in the artillery. Don't know much about his service, as he VERY rarely could ever be convinced to talk about it. He normally only talked about the beauty of many of the places (aside from the destruction all around).

He's passed away now, but just yesterday I was going through some of his things, including army paybooks, a rare few photos and some business cards from places in France and England. Really brings it home.

I'd really like to know more, but respected that he never wanted to talk about it. Now I wouldn't know where to begin.

On a separate note, one of my co-worker's son's had the opportunity to visit Vimy on a school trip. He's only 16 or so, but said it was very moving. The day they walked the route the troops took it was freezing and raining, which made it even more real. Said he couldn't even image the trek under a hail of gunfire, as the hike was substantial even in modern times.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:16 AM   #11
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I'd love to eventaully get to see Dieppe, Juno Beach, Beaumont Hamel & Vimy Ridge

I was there in my youth as my father was posted in Baden Baden during the 80's its quite humbling being there and surprisingly really quite. It's like the birds even respect the dead.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:26 PM   #12
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bald1rides, my Dad was also overseas in '43-'45 in the artillery. Don't know much about his service, as he VERY rarely could ever be convinced to talk about it. He normally only talked about the beauty of many of the places (aside from the destruction all around).

He's passed away now, but just yesterday I was going through some of his things, including army paybooks, a rare few photos and some business cards from places in France and England. Really brings it home.

I'd really like to know more, but respected that he never wanted to talk about it. Now I wouldn't know where to begin.

On a separate note, one of my co-worker's son's had the opportunity to visit Vimy on a school trip. He's only 16 or so, but said it was very moving. The day they walked the route the troops took it was freezing and raining, which made it even more real. Said he couldn't even image the trek under a hail of gunfire, as the hike was substantial even in modern times.
You can apply for copies of his war records, things like pay stubs, etc. through Archives Canada. At least I believe that's where I got my fathers. There is a small fee, but that's really quite minor.
My son went to Europe when he was in grade 10, and toured Vimy Ridge, about the same time of year, April. He still talks about it, so I bought him the book, Vimy, by Pierre Berton. A fascinating story, which I have read more than my son.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:43 AM   #13
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My Dad, on the right..

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