The sun broke through on our walk this morning in the Pacific Spirit Park illuminating these beautiful young maple leaves as we remember Sub.Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough and her five co-Canadian Armed Forces crew members, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Captain Kevin Hagen and Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, all lost when their helicopter came down in the Ionian sea a year ago today.
Only eleven days previously Sub.Lt. Cowborough had been playing Amazing Graze on the deck of their ship HMCS Fredericton to honor all those murdered in the mass shooting in her home Province of Nova Scotia.
In Remembrance 🇨🇦 Nova Scotia Strong
In remembrance. April 18th, 2021. Nova Scotia Strong
Natalie McMaster and her daughter Mary Francis playing alongside the video of 17 year old Emily Tuck, murdered a week ago, was both a heartbreaking but also beautiful moment during yesterday’s “Nova Scotia Remembers.” Thanks to all those who contributed to the online vigil dedicated the all those beautiful souls who are no longer with us.
These views walking in the Pacific Spirit Regional Park yesterday raised my spirits. I hope they raise yours today, a day in which Canada came together from coast to coast in support of those grieving in Nova Scotia.🇨🇦
Nova Scotia Strong
Yesterday was one of the darkest days in Nova Scotia and Canada’s history. A stunning sunset reported by so many on the East Coast provided those grieving a moment of peace and perhaps some comfort at the end of the darkest of days. Our sunset last night here on the West Coast was just as stunning. Clearly Canada was bathed in a special light last night. 🇨🇦
You can see some of those Nova Scotian sunsets posted by so many here: CTV News
As I post my second painting inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Spirit Park I am learning of the tragic new from Portapique in Nova Scotia. I send my thoughts and condolences to all those grieving the loss of family, friends and colleagues. Tonight we are all Nova Scotia, from the Pacific to the Atlantic.🇨🇦