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 Blacksgt.tc 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 “

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 fromhttp://goaustralia.about.com/b/2011/11/10/remembranceday.htm