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Old 04-15-2015, 10:42 PM   #11
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Ray's assignment was to run wires and microphones into enemy territory ahead of the front lines. The microphones helped determine range that enabled the artillery to hit their targets.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:05 AM   #12
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In my early working life, I worked with guys, who'd been with the Canadian Army in the Liberation of Holland- Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). They had previously fought in Italy.
They each spoke with positive memories on Holland and more importantly Dutch people.
Thank you for recognizing them.
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:32 PM   #13
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I'll always remember walking through the streets of Harderwijk with my wife's cousin Wim. He was well known in town and knew all the old timers. He would introduce me to them"this my neef Mark his father was in the Canadian Militair and his mother was from Engeland". Everyone would give me a hug or shake my hand.
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My wife and our daughter, then 18, were on a month-long home exchange in Bergen, Netherlands, five years ago, and the 90-year old mother of our host who lived nearby insisted on meeting us to thank us personally for the liberation of her Dutch village by Canadian soldiers near the end of WWII. Her English was quite good, and she told us vivid stories of how one morning the uniforms of the soldiers on the streets were different, and like magic the Nazi oppressors had been replaced by friendly, smiling guys handing out gifts and giving the locals, especially the young women like her, rides up and down the main street on their military vehicles. That dear woman just passed on last month, but her memory of the liberation, and her gratitude for it, were intact until the end.
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Hey Glen, you, if you know Ray you must know Bink?

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My wife and our daughter, then 18, were on a month-long home exchange in Bergen, Netherlands, five years ago, and the 90-year old mother of our host who lived nearby insisted on meeting us to thank us personally for the liberation of her Dutch village by Canadian soldiers near the end of WWII. Her English was quite good, and she told us vivid stories of how one morning the uniforms of the soldiers on the streets were different, and like magic the Nazi oppressors had been replaced by friendly, smiling guys handing out gifts and giving the locals, especially the young women like her, rides up and down the main street on their military vehicles. That dear woman just passed on last month, but her memory of the liberation, and her gratitude for it, were intact until the end.
Very touching. Thanks for sharing this. There's a reason why they call those who fought in WWII "the greatest generation".
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Hey Glen, you, if you know Ray you must know Bink?

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I do. Haven't seen him for some time though.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:21 PM   #18
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Thank you for your post, we have not forgotten either.... https://www.facebook.com/CanadaRemembers
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:32 PM   #19
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Today is Memorial Day here in the US and I just wanted to give a salute to all of our veterans, past and present and also all of the Canadian veterans as well. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. Loren, US Army vet
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I too am am very grateful to all of those who have served us, and especially those that fell doing so.

I have a bit of confusion with the specific US holidays though. What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? in Canada we only observe Remembrance Day, which is Nov 11, just like Veterans Day.

What my uninformed understanding is, is that today, Memorial Day, is specifically intended to remember those who died while serving, and that Veterans Day is the day set aside to to honour all that served. Am I close on this?
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