Friday, November 08, 2013

Fullbore Friday

As we watched this week the belly-lint of democracy - the poorly elected by the ballot box - parade around our TV screens (this time the crack smoking, blackout drunk of a mayor of Toronto, Canada), some may have noticed that round thing on his collar.

Most here, I hope, know that is a Poppy. Sadly a lot of people think that Veterans Day is Memorial Day, or the other way around. Most don't really know why it is always 11 November. Fewer would understand "The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."

For those who have lived in or served with Commonwealth nations; Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc - you know the story well. The Great War, World War I, is still a huge shadow over those nations.  They take 11 NOV much more seriously.

Especially in Canada, this is a serious time. Part of it has to do with an event before the USA had forces on the ground in the conflict. Vimy Ridge.

Get a cup of coffee, put the phone to voice mail and close the door.

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