An unwritten moment of Remembrance today, Nov 11th

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While we feel sorry for ourselves dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its tragic losses, let us not forget the tragedy and losses incurred by our family members and their friends during the two Great World Wars.

Unlike the British Remembrance Sunday, other countries in the Great Wars of the 20th century remember their fallen on November 11th, Armistice Day 1918, as we do here on HTWB.

Both my Canadian Dad and Grandad fought in Europe with the Allied Forces – and fortunately came home again without serious injury.

But many of their friends didn’t. This tribute is for them and the millions of other soldiers who, as Joe Biden might put it, left an empty chair at the dining or kitchen table. R I P.

Lest we forget.

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Remembrance Day 2018

November 11th 2018

For all who fell, and for all who served

Remembering my grandfather, Major Crawford Mack Hercus, who served with the Canadian Forces in northern Europe in World War One

Remembering my father, Captain Crawford MacGregor Hercus, who served with the Canadian Forces in northern Europe in World War Two

Remembering my mother, Jacqueline Forgan-Potts Hercus, who served with the Resistance Movement in northern Europe in World War Two

They survived, but so many of their colleagues didn’t.

Now my relatives are gone, too.

May they and all who served with them

rest in peace, and may we always be grateful

for their bravery, devotion to duty and

determination to protect us from evil.

Sz xx

 

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