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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day

Hello. Today is Remembrance Day, when we remember all those who fought and died in the wars. I decided to go to the cemetery and remember one of the soldiers buried there.

It looks like a lot of Canadian visitors came with the same idea!

Except... they are pooping everywhere!

Today, I chose a soldier named Cornelius Hayhurst. Cornelius was born on February 19, 1923 in Oak River, Manitoba. He was the son of John T. Hayhurst and Violet Hayhurst. Cornelius joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a Gunner. On August 29, 1942, Cornelius was in an motor vehicle accident at the military camp in Nanaimo. He died of a fractured skull. He was buried on September 1, 1942.

I paused for a moment of silence at Cornelius' grave.

And then I left Mama's poppy there.

I think I will do this every year from now on. It's a great way to remember the lives of those who died during the war, even if they weren't overseas.


12 comments:

  1. Today is Veterans Day for us. Nice post Sandy.

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  2. What a great idea Sandy! It is important to remember all our soldiers (and also little bears who maybe gave their lives for us too; we heard some where employed as spies and taste testers...).

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  3. Cornelious is lucky to have a little bear tend after his grave.

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    1. Thanks Little Fox. It just seemed like the right thing to do.

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  4. A very special post. I like your bomber jacket too!

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  5. This was a very thoughtful post Sandy. My mom remembered my grandpa who passed away in October, he was in the army during the Korean War, along with other family members including my dad that served in various wars and conflicts by putting their pictures on FB.

    On another note, I wish those many Canadian visitors would stop pooping everywhere.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your grampa, Buttons. Yeah... the Canadian visitors are not toilet-trained!

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  6. Good idea! When we go to Schiermonnikoog we always put something on the graves of the young soldiers on the little impressive grave yard in the forrest... Knowing their families won't be able to come over to visit the graves makes us sad... To die so young so far away from home...

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  7. They fought for the liberation of the Netherlands in the second world war.

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    1. I see. I looked it up on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Looks like a lot of Air Force - British, Australian, NZ, Canadian and even one Polish guy. Very sad.

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