Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began at 5:30 am on Easter Monday the 9th of April 1917. The battle continued until nightfall of the 12th of April when the Canadian Corps of four divisions gained firm control of the ridge. They suffered 10,602 casualties: 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. Four members of the Corps received Victoria Crosses for their actions during the battle:
Private William Johnstone Milne of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion.
Lance-Sergeant Ellis Wellwood Sifton of the 18th (Western Ontarion) Battalion
Private John George Pattison of the 50th (Calgary) Battalion.
Captain Thain Wendell MacDowell of the 38th (Ottawa) Battalion.
To view more images of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial I invite you to visit Remembrance Day
The haunting Flowers of the Forest is played by Pipe Major Angus MacDonald of the Scots Guards who for several years was the personal piper to Her Majesty the Queen, and described as one of the finest bagpipe players in the world.
Our beautiful camelias are back and with it my annual cameliaddiction; with a little bouquet of thanks for our healthcare frontline heroes on this Easter Monday. They are very much in our thoughts as our numbers are sadly going in the wrong direction.
I would like to dedicate today’s post to the memory of beautiful 10 year old Aye Myat Thu, who was so cruelly murdered by a military sniper in Myanmar on March 27th. Her story in yesterday’s New York Times under the title, “She Just Fell Down. And Died,” is heartbreaking. Please read it so that her short precious life can be remembered by us all.
Moments of peace, tranquillity and joy from the Pacific Spirit Park last week to ease our troubled souls. Every day brings news of unimaginable horror, from young children and protesters murdered by troops in Myanmar, school children bombed in their schools in Syria, boys as young as nine beheaded in Mozambique, mass murder in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado; and now here at home terror in a library in North Vancouver with one person killed and six injured.
Today our thoughts are with the families of all those affected and with the community of Lynn Valley, especially the children who witnessed it all on what should have been a happy Saturday afternoon in their local library, and wishing those who have been injured a full recovery. 🇨🇦
Spring has definitely come to the woods and to the studio today on this United Nations International Day of Forests with its theme “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being…to help address the climate-change and biodiversity crises.
Perhaps as we begin this second year of the pandemic the theme could appropriately be re-written to read “Mankind’s restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.”
These tulips on the roof at the end of a week of such sadness and loss are dedicated the memory of those murdered in Georgia and to all who are subject to the crimes of racial hatred and violence everywhere.
“Racism is a threat to human rights, and we must confront and stop hatred in all its forms.” Physicians for Human Rights.
Thank you to Sara, Lani, Meghan and Lori from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks for creating such a memorable walk in the woods today. Their words, together with those of Nakita Gill, honoring the magnificent trees of our glorious Pacific Spirit Park are truly inspiring and uplifting.
They have also created a Raccoon Ramble for children for the next two weekends. How lucky we are to have their wonderful spirits in our midst. Our heartfelt thanks to them all.
And of course our thoughts today have been with all those grieving their loved ones murdered in Atlanta. The peace and tranquillity we are fortunate enough to enjoy here are a poignant counterpoint to all those suffering racial hatred and violence everywhere. Enough. We are better thank this.
On this one year anniversary of the WHO declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, today in Canada our first National Day of Observance commemorates all whom we have so tragically lost to the virus and recognizes and thanks, as we do every day, our frontline and healthcare heroes. This flag at half mast in Vanier Park is just one of many thousands across the country that flies today to bring us all together on this day of remembrance. 🇨🇦