Monday, November 11, 2013

REMEMBRANCE 2013


and this year I have expanded on his accomplishments.


Always willing to take a moment for the photo op,
even in wartime.


With his buddies of 73 Squadron 
in the North African desert 
during the charge on Rommel's forces


With his buddies in the 443 Squadron
in Britain in January 1944



Leaning against his plane
as he served duties taking him to Normandy and Arnhem


Nothing was showing in the cards
nothing made obvious
as Dad played football at Acadia University
in 1939.
#8 in the back row
was about to embark upon
a hero's voyage.
Life takes it's journey
and Dad knew he had his journey to follow.
My brother, Mike and I are very proud
of our father 
and
hold onto these pictures and stories
with much honour and respect.

32 comments:

  1. Wow! You must be so proud of your dad.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Very proud Janie, this year more so than ever ~~ must be the fact that I'm getting older and have a better handle on life's journey.

      Ron

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  2. I know lots of people in my age group whose fathers were WW2 veterans, including my own Dad. But you're the only person I know whose father died in the war. After reading your tribute to him last year, now I think of your Dad every Remembrance Day too.

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    1. Debra, you are so kind-hearted ~~ this journey we are on is on-going and we meet people throughout our time on this planet. I'm taking each day as a special moment when people such as yourself extend sincerity. I have but one memory of my father which I hold onto as I trek along. I used to lay a wreath on his grave every year while my Mom was living but now I thumb through pictures picking up more facts and just feeling the essence of someone who made it possible for me to be here.
      Cheers to you and yours!
      Ron

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  3. What a handsome man your father was. I'm glad you've shared his story.

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    1. Hi Lisa ~~ I hope your world is peaceful with plenty of Rottie Drool and love today!!

      ron

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  4. You look remarkably like him. Blessings to all those who served during those terribly times....ann

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    1. Thanks so much Ann ~~ those that fought for our freedom deserve so much love and recognition.
      Ron

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  5. You must be very proud of your Dad - the photos are so special. xxx

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    1. Thanks Lily

      I only touched a few of the pictures that have been accumulated. I so enjoy going through them.

      Ron

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  6. I agree with you your brother and Sophie, of course, that because of your dad we are free. He saved us. I love all photos and well I know where you get you good looks from your dad was a very handsome man, not that it matters but sometimes that shines through the heart as in his case, but also superficially-speaking he is very handsome

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    1. Hi Lorraine
      Everyone knew Dad was a handsome bloke but his essence, his personality and good humour shone through every where. He was the life of the party and at the same time a really good friend, pic #3 will show you that fact with his hand on the fellow beside him and the fellow behind him with his hand on Dad. This all means something in my eyes!
      Ron

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  7. I have only been a reader of your blog for a short while, but I picked your father out in every photo, I believe, I guessed number 8 on the last one before I read the caption. You resemble him a lot - very good looking. What a nice tribute.

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    1. I just read your post and I must say it hit me square between the eyes ~~ thanks for your kind words and support at this time!

      ron

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  8. These photos are priceless, and each one tells a story. You certainly have so much to be proud of. What a remarkable man he was.

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    1. Hi Martha ~~ catharsis is a wonderful thing and diving into boxes of memorabilia and sharing I guess is important for me right now. Not having a father all my life and then reading the articles and seeing the pictures just make the visit to the war years so surreal. To think that my Dad flew so many reconnaissance missions and survived but to come home and die on homeland, so ironic so unfair and as they say Life is not Fair.
      I hope you have a peaceful day this Remembrance Day.
      Ron

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  9. Ron, what a wonderful tribute to your Dad. Thank you so much for sharing the photos. Very special! Even more special to see them today.

    Ken

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    1. Thanks Ken ~~~ spending a lot of time in old boxes and such finding old letters from Dad to Mom and vice versa, learning so much!!

      Ron

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  10. I love the pictures and stories of your father. He certainly was a handsome and accomplished young man.

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    1. Thanks so much and I loved your addition to NaNoWriMo!!!!

      You are very good at this!

      I usually talk DOODLE DOGTALK but I thought today I'd change it up a bit for the humans!!

      Sophie

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  11. my last comment did not post-sigh will try again
    I think it is so special that we have a dedicated day to honor and remember our Veterans. I gave my Larry an extra hug this morning for serving in the Viet Nam war. My father and also my father in law both served in WWII. My brother discovered when researching our family tree that a member of our family on my father's side served in each of the wars since our Revolutionary War here in the States.
    Thank you for sharing your special photos

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    1. Sorry for the posting hiccup ~~ happens to me sometimes too.
      Genealogy searching can be quite fascinating especially when you discover someone/something your never knew existed.
      Thanks for your kind words and I know Larry appreciated the hug!

      Sophie for Ron!!

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  12. The photos tell such a storyabout your father.
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Thanks Tweedles inject (HUG for YOU) ~~~ Dad has many many pictures of his Dad which he plans on scanning and perhaps sharing here or on FB!

      Hope you are feeling so much better, Sweets!
      Sophie

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  13. how wonderful to have these photos and the memories that go with them. Thanks for sharing a very personal part of your story. Congratulations and Thank You to your dad for his service to country...he is a hero.

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    1. Hi Joanne!
      Such kind words from you ~~ I feel different this year for the 1st time in my life because I'm sharing my Dad's life(some of it) and I haven't really ever done this before. I appreciate everyone's love and support!

      Ron

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  14. You have every reason to be proud of your father. And it sure is obvious where YOUR good looks come from!

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    1. It's all in the DNA, my Mom was a looker too ~~ winks!

      She looked like Elizabeth Taylor some would say, because her hair style from the 50's was the same.

      I can't change the past but I can influence 'the now' ~~ so I share my past with you all!

      Ron

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  15. What wonderful photos to have and to treasure. This is a lovely tribute to your dad, Ron.

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat. Blogging has afforded me the opportunity to share and for me to learn more about my father's efforts.

      Ron

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  16. Ron- I can't even tell you how amazing these photos are- what a wonderful legacy your Father left in terms of his service to his country. Have you ever considered creating a memory book using all of your old photos? They would make a wonderful "coffee table" book and would be a lasting tribute. The one of your Dad in front of his plane should be on the cover:)

    Every time you post these photos they give me chills-- they are just wonderful.

    Vicki

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    1. Thank you so much Vicki for your kind words. I have to first get a scanner for all the pictures, then read all of my parents letters to each other and then figure out what route I should take. I will prioritize this because you know what happens when you have a lot to do.

      Ron

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