Paying Respect to Canadian Troops

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by MarkN, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. MarkN

    MarkN Long timer

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    I had a day free yesterday and decided that I would go and have a ride through the New Forest, a national park very close to where I live.

    While I was there I came across a wooden cross which was surrounded by poppies and wreaths. Upon further investigation I learnt that the troops of the 3rd Division of the Canadian Army were encamped in the area while waiting to leave the south coast of England for the D-Day landings. Lots of places in the area are named after the troops. I also learnt that unlike the US troops based in the UK, who were seen as "over paid, over sexed and over here", the Canadians were warmly thought of and welcomed to the area.

    The wooden cross was erected by the troops and services were held there during their stay.

    Just behind the cross there are two Canadian Maple Trees planted.

    The troops of the 3rd Division were some of the first to step foot onto Juno Beach on the 6th June, 1944.

    This picture shows that the memory of these men will never fade and are remembered as all those who gave everything are at 11am, 11th November.
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    A closer look at the cross reveals lots of badges
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    The full inscription reads;
    ON THIS SITE A CROSS WAS ERECTED TO THE GLORY OF GOD ON 14th APRIL 1944.
    SERVICES WERE HELD HERE UNTIL D-DAY 6th JUNE 1944 BY MEN OF THE 3rd CANADIAN DIVISION RCASC
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  2. ArthDuro

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    hey thanks for putting this up
    I try and ride to a cenotaph every year for Remebrance day to leave my poppy and say thanks.

    Next year maybe I will make a report of it.
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  3. Oddbawl

    Oddbawl Born Ok the first time.

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    Thank you for posting. I'm proud that our countrymen could help make a difference, and I'm glad they are not forgotten...
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  4. kootenay kid

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    Awesome, Thanks so much to them and you.
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  5. GP640

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    Thanks for posting that.

    I hope to see that myself one day. My wife has family in Dorchester
    and Abbotsbury.
    We'll put it on the "must" list when we get there.

    Should be in the next 5 years.
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  6. GB

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    46,000 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in Europe. Thanks for the visual memorial :thumb
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  7. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Very neat, Love memorials where ever I find them. My favorite stops here in the US.
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  8. RedDogAlberta

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    I bought a Canadian soldier dinner last night. I was in an A&W on the freeway and he pulled in between Calgary and Edmonton in a near blizzard in one of those six wheel drive military trucks with the canvas enclosure on the back. I went up to the till and told the cashier his money was no good here.
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  9. Pay Dirt

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    Most Canadians are polite but I am going to put that aside for a moment to say that this thread was not about YOU or your American favorites thanks for trying to hijack the moment!.

    PD
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  10. BigEasy

    BigEasy Fish Eyed Heathen

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    One word: Class.

    When I was a kid in the Navy it was not uncommon for folks to buy me a beer or a sandwich and I always appreciated it. I'm sure that guy did as well.

    I try to pass the favor on when I can:freaky
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  11. not2fast

    not2fast Been here awhile

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    Thank you for posting. We should never forget all those who served to make our world free.

    Terry
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  12. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Imminent Train Wreck

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    Cool Post!
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  14. Whoopdefraggindo

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    Awesome piece of history from a time when men were men. :bow

    Thanks for sharing.
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  15. YnotJP?

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    The Royal Canadian Navy had only six destroyers, five minesweepers and some 3,000 officers and men. Yet by 1941, Canada had taken full resposibility for guarding the convoys on the western leg of the Atlantic run.

    Before the war was over, Canada would send 400 ships and over 90,000 men to sea. Canada has always done more than her share in times of war.
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  16. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    That is vary cool.
    When I was serving in the USAF I had the pleasure of working with Canadian NCOs and officers. They were always more polite and down to earth than the US guys I had to work with everyday.
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  17. mamafacciol

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    a heart warming tribute ... thanks for posting:norton
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