On the 76th Anniversary of D-Day we remember with gratitude the 150,000 Allied troops that stormed the beaches of Northern France and began the march towards victory and the overthrow of Hitler and the Nazi regime.
Seventy six years later a different generation is now marching throughput the world for victory over a different enemy, an enemy clothed in the uniform of racism, injustice and autocracy. Like the heroes of yesterday storming those beaches the heroes of today demonstrating in the streets will also be victorious.
Lest we forget 🇨🇦
Victory Square in Vancouver today on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day marking the end of the war in Europe in which 1.1 million Canadians served and 45,000 payed the ultimate price. The square has been planted with tulips in the form of the emblematic remembrance poppy.
Lest we forget.
On the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces what better way with which to honour them all than with these Dutch tulips in triumphant bloom on our deck in today’s glorious sunshine.
Lest we forget.
In the words of the Canadian Prime Minister our “season of grief” continues, as today we mourn the loss of six members of the Canadian Armed Forces whose helicopter went down off the coast of Greece: Sub. Lt Abbigail Cowbrough; Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald; Capt. Kevin Hagen; Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin; Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke; Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins. We send heartfelt condolences to all the families of these Canadian Armed Forces heroes who are grieving today, as we grieve with them. 🇨🇦
Sub.Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough who was a young Nova Scotia naval officer played her bagpipes only two weeks ago on the deck of HMCS Fredericton to mourn the loss of her fellow Nova Scotians who were so cruelly murdered.
“In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives So That We May Live In Peace”
The Colours of Vancouver’s Regiments, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver.
Lest we forget
Dedicated to Captain Matthew Dawe
, commander of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was one of six Canadian soldiers, along with an Afghan interpreter, killed in 2007 when their armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City. Captain Dawe’s mother Reine
was this year’s Silver Cross Mother at the National War Memorial Remembrance Day service in Ottawa. 🇨🇦