What a minefield of emotions this day always brings. My father, Ralph T Stoner, served as an Artillery Gunner with the 10th St Catherines’ Field Battery. And he served proudly too. He passed away in 1987 and I still miss him an awful lot - especially today.
He loved this country and I am so proud to see so many of his values have been taken up by my own children. My oldest son William, can be quite eloquent in his passion for this country and what his grandfather fought for. I pray that my grandchildren will also learn from history, and our influences, what it means to live free in this country.
And now, I’ve just seen news that there is to be a new memorial to the 93,000Canadian soldiers who took part in the Allied invasion of Italy during theSecond World War. And yes, my father was one of the 93,000. My sister and I will look into seeing how we can contribute.
I have posted in the past on Remembrance Day and what it means to me. But I wanted to say, that this year, I am so gratified to see how much participation there seems to be in ceremonies and observances. On FaceBook this morning, non-Remembrance Day posts seem out of place. And there seems to be growing respect. Thank you to those who are too young to have their own memories, but are old enough to understand we need to remember.
My undying thanks and gratitude will always be to those men and women (and awfully young boys at times, too) who laid down their lives to preserve what too many of us take for granted today.