Remembrance

in remembrance


 
In memory of one of Canada’s greatest Olympians. Like so many of us I remember the excitement and pride watching Kathleen Heddle, together with her rowing partner Marnie McBean, capturing two gold medals for Canada at the Summer Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona and a further gold medal in Atlanta in 1996. Yesterday we learnt the sad news of her passing at the age of 55 after a long battle with cancer. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Her beautiful memory is in all of our thoughts today. 🇨🇦

Traitors’ Gate


 

Traitors’ Gate, The Tower of London.

On this sad day I send condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Brian Sicknick, the US Capital Police officer murdered by traitors of the insurrection on January 6th 2021 in Washington DC.

2020 look back #5


 
2020 look back #5
 
In Memoriam – Let these few images of remembrances from this past year represent all those who are sadly no longer with us. Today, the heartbreaking number of total coronavirus deaths posted worldwide stands at 1,807,472, a number that is hard to comprehend. The journey we are all on together still has a long way to go, as we say thank you to the heroes amongst us once again.

moments for reflection


 
   
 
Moments for reflection in the Pacific Spirit Park today and there is much to reflect on. Tonight my thoughts are with the Masutta family in Surrey, BC as I send my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Daljit and his 8 year old twin daughters who lost their mum Parmajit in a tragic accident on Tuesday that simply breaks your heart. May she Rest In Peace.

leaves of remembrance


 

666+…in progress – Day XLIII

 
Today has been a day about the best of us and sadly the worst of us. The triumph of the Covid-19 Vaccine is something to celebrate as we give thanks to all the scientists who have worked so hard to develop it, and the delight at seeing our health care heroes being the first to receive it.
 
It is also a day of sorrow as we remember the twenty precious children and their six dedicated educators who were murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary School 8 years ago today. These 26 leaves drawn over the last three days are dedicated to their memory. Their grieving grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, families, friends and colleagues are all in our thoughts tonight. The souls of these beautiful children and teachers will never be forgotten.

17 new leaves and remembrance

666…in progress – Day XXXI

 
17 new leaves, on a day on which I remember as if it were yesterday, like some of you I suspect, as a 17 year old schoolboy where I was when I heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated. These inspiring words from his inaugural address could not be a more relevant call to action today.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

22 new leaves and remembrance


 

666…in progress – Day XX11
 

…on a day on which we remember all those who lost their lives in Paris 5 years ago today..
 

In remembrance this was my post on November 15, 2015
Studio 365: Day 319
 

Day 319

I wrote, on Studio 365: Day 11 after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, how I fell in love with Paris on my first visit there as a young boy in August 1962. I posted a drawing I had made sitting in the Tuileries Garden on a beautiful summer’s Day. Now, here I am on Day 319 once again expressing solidarity and sympathy through the best way I know how with all those mourning today in Paris, in France and around the world. The drawing from that same never-to-be-forgotten visit in 1962 is of one of bridges over the Seine, when one of the most beautiful cities in the world inspired a young boy who has felt that inspiration ever since.  Je suis Paris.

23 new leaves


 

546…in progress – Day XI – 252 leaves
 
On another day of tragedy I send condolences to those grieving in Quebec City tonight.

19 new leaves


 

546…in progress – Day VIII – 196 leaves
 
Today Vice President Biden pledged that on his first day as the 46th President of the United States he will sign an executive order to create a federal task force to reunite the separated children.
BidenHarris2020
 

 
Also today 3 French citizens were cruelly murdered in Nice and they are very much in our thoughts tonight as I send heartfelt condolences to their families and friends. 🇫🇷

je suis prof

Dedicated to the memory of Samuel Paty


 
Once again the Place de la République in Paris today became the “capital of the world” to use the words of Francois Hollande after thousands gathered there and throughout France to protest and remember those lost after the Charlie Hebdo attack over five years ago.

Today they gathered in Paris and across the country to remember Samuel Paty the teacher so cruelly murdered in an horrific terrorist act on October 16th. The words I wrote on my post after the Charlie Hebdo attack on January 15th 2015 were very much in my thoughts today:
 
In the studio today my thoughts are very much with all the citizens of this great city as they walk in their millions for remembrance, for freedom, for tolerance, for love, for mankind, for the future.
 

Je suis enseignant
Je suis prof
Je suis Samuel

Looking again at my post from five years ago…


 

…plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
 

May Samuel Paty rest in peace.

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