Friday, November 9, 2012


~~~For 11/11/12~~~
Every year at this time my Dad, Ron
takes some time to remember his Dad, Gordon
who was a flying ace in WWII.

The cruelty of war prevented Ron from getting to know
his father because while in training for the Korean War in 1952
his plane 'flamed out' and crashed 
leaving the family fatherless.

Many stories were told to help keep his memory alive,
with many picture albums showing the countries he visited
and the successes he had while there.

But I think the best memory of all 
is this picture above
of Ron's Mom and Dad dancing.
Can you see why?

If you are interested in WWII facts
click here
and you'll see the history
of Gordon Troke's war years.

So as we trekked along our favourite path at Point Pleasant Park recently, 
you can see the monument and Canadian flag erected 
(in this case to the naval war heroes).

Memories are but a split moment away in our world
because we are a naval and air force city.

While even in our own backyard this oriental poppy from the summer
reminds us of the poppies of Flanders Fields.

May this find you and yours with
Peace and Love!


  1. This is a wonderful remembrance, Jim. Having had a Dad in WWII, a memorial like this means a lot.

  2. I agree with Sage's mom. A beautiful post.


  3. He was certainly a handsome man. That monument is a great reminder of all that he gave. War can be so violent.

  4. What lovely pictures of your Dad and Mom Ron. Peace to you as you remember your father in the peaceful surroundings of that beautiful monument.

  5. lovely photo of a beautiful couple without a care in the world but each other. Bless they both and all of you who mourn his loss. I can't imagine how hard it would be to grow up without him, I'm glad you have such wonderful memories and stories to keep him alive.

  6. Great tribute. That is a wonderful picture of your Grandpawents, Sophie.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  7. How special to have a photo of your parents in love. I think I see a strong resemblance to Ron in the photo in uniform.
    That monument is lovely, as is the photo.
    My Dad was a WWII veteran (Army).

  8. What a lovely picture of your parents, Ron. Your dad was truly brave! Distinguished Flying Cross - pretty fine! How hard it must have been to grow up without him. I think Remembrance Day is an important date on the calendar. Thanks for sharing.

  9. We remember. Tomorrow we have the ceremony in London and we have bought our poppy. Lovely tribute. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  10. What a touching post. I love the photo of Ron's parents dancing; it is so sweet. And I must say that Ron looks very much like his father!

  11. Ron's Dad was indeed a war hero -- the Distinguished Flying Cross! This post is a beautiful tribute and I will think of him while watching the Remembrance Day ceremonies tomorrow.

  12. Such an incredible story -- what a great legacy he left for Ron. I love the old photographs-- Ron looks just like his Dad. He was a hero in the truest sense of the word. Thank you for sharing this story so that we can ALL be proud.


  13. What a beautiful tribute! Love the picture of your mom and dad dancing, Ron.

  14. I can ensure you this finds you with a good deal of love from Spain. Beautifully done and really touching photos.

  15. Ron, this was a beautiful tribute..........

  16. Great tribute to your father....many soldiers did not come home to their families.
    Very sad......beautiful pictures

  17. Thanks to all you for your kind comments and taking the time to view my world....Sophie has brought this possible for me and you....her world is full of love and compassion for others...whether human or canine....remember the present is now...take full advantage of's yours!


  18. Sophie, you found me and then left me with tears streaming down my cheeks. What a loving tribute. I know Daddy Ron loves and appreciates your kindness so much. And Daddy Jim too, of course, as do all your readers.

  19. that third photo almost made me tear up!
    quite lovely

  20. Dear Ron,
    Thank you for sharing this post, I can not imagine the pain you must feel; what a hero and the photo of your beautiful parents dancing is worth a million words it must mean so, so much to you. Aston doesn't understand why I am crying...
    Ivan x

  21. wow, what a great post. i love the views. what a gorgeous place to take in the sights & remember such a important day & time. i love old photos. they had such class. not like these days. so different. (:

  22. Hi Ron,
    I read this post on Friday and was deeply touched, but didn't leave a comment. I wanted to come back when I had time to read it again and check out the link. I did link it at the end of my Burnaby Lake post because it was visually and emotionally beautiful. The problem with links to my posts is that people are exhausted just reading what is in front of them. I'm trying to work on that :) Your father was a brave and talented man and his loss was tragic. not only for you and your family, but for the world. I can see why you are conflicted about Remembrance Day (as I am) and why you love that picture of him dancing with your mother. There is something so poignant in the obvious closeness between them. I believe he would have been very proud to read your words.


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