Remembrance Day 2018 ~

Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice 100th anniversary – 1918-2018

Go to this link for some interesting facts ~

This blog is in memory of my Dad fondly remembered as TIB, Tommy or Ian.  Who at this time of year I think of a little more often. 

My Dad was accepted into the Canadian Army in November 1948.  He was 18 years old. He was sworn in to The Royal Canadian Engineers March 3, 1949. He retired on August 6, 1980.

Dad served in the Korean War from April 1951 to May 1952.  He was a Sapper /Field Engineer.  He deactivated land mines and built bridges while serving there. In my opinion he had nerves of steel.

Dad ~ January 5, 1930 – July 31, 1992 ~ 


Korean War (1950 – 1953)

The Korean War was fought from 1950 to 1953. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict in a rugged land so far from home. Sadly, 516 Canadians would lose their lives. The Korean War was an important chapter in Canada’s military history and part of our country’s proud tradition of defending peace and freedom around the world.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the active fighting in the Korean War. How will you remember?

 excerpt from

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Lest We Forget ~


Freedom is Never Free

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service.

Freedom is never free...

These photos are my family members who served in the Forces in different Theatres of War and Peacekeeping.

Dad~Sgt. TIB JonesWBrother Johnnie~JOHNBrother AudieAUDUncle KyleUncle KyleGrampa CornellGrampa CornellGreat Grampa black RFA 1916R.F.A.1916 Cousin Chris ~Doug


This Remembrance Day I was sent a video in my email .  It is 11+ minutes long a tribute by Peter Legge (2013) and one from Don Cherry & Ron Maclean  (2006).  I thought they were worth posting.

Here are the links…


Photo at top of this post taken from Peter Legge’s post on ” Freedom is never free “

Red Friday 100 Mile House ~


Red Friday in Canada 

People in Canada have worn red on Fridays to show support for troops serving in the Canadian Forces. Red is chosen because it is an official Canadian color, and historically is a color of remembrance because it symbolizes the red poppies in Flanders Fields and the loss of life that the country has endured.

Many positions in the House of Commons do not allow employees to dress outside of uniform, but allow staff to wear a red ribbon as a compromise. This is the only exception to these dress codes other than wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day.

excerpt taken from Wikipedia

The Royal Canadian Legion in 100 Mile House celebrates Red Friday with a parade every year.  This year it was held on June 7th.  There were  guest pipers from  Williams Lake  along with supporters of our Canadian Armed Forces , Cadets and Ex Servicemen.  I always enjoy pipers in a parade.  They  remind me of my Dad when I was a kid  every Sunday he would play his marching band records.  He served in the Korean War and other theatres of peacekeeping  during his time in the Canadian Armed Forces .

DSC_1844 copyweb4DSC_1851 copy web3DSC_1852 copyweb5DSC_1857 copyThis fellow was a participant in the parade and deservedly so ~ This Veteran is James D. Milliken born  March 10, 1921 he joined the Canadian Navy at the age of 18 in May 1939.  Mr. Milliken was a submarine detector for the duration of World War 2.  He spent 55 months in the North Atlantic .  He displays his medals proudly.  Thank you for your Service Mr. Milliken~
web6 DSC_1909 copyweb7 DSC_1887 copyMr. Bob Wagensteen is  one of the main forces behind Red Friday’s in 100 Mile House. Acknowlegement goes to the students from 100 Mile Junior School  who support our Canadian Armed Forces..
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Remembrance Day ~ Lest We Forget



I think of my Dad often since he passed away.  But Remembrance Day is the day I feel his presence the most.  Dad served in the Korean War.  My brothers were also in the Armed Forces.  Many of my relatives  served in different theatres of war and peacekeeping ~ this is in Remembrance of them as well ~


Dad  when he enlisted and when he retired ~Mom’s Dad ~ Grampa Cornell

JOHNBrother John


Brother Audie
Uncle Jim, Dad,  Great Grampa BlackCousin Chris
Great Grampa Black Dad

Dad & Mom

Thank you to all of our Armed Forces personnel and Veterans then and now  ! Without your service we would not enjoy the freedom we do today .  Lest we Forget ~


The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

excerpt taken from

11 o’clock on the eleventh day of November was chosen because it is the exact time and date that the First World War ended with the signing of the Armistice with Germany in 1918.excerpt taken from