Monday, November 11, 2013
Remembrance Day & Memories of My Dear Father
Hello everyone! A very warm welcome to you all! The video I have chosen for this post is a beautiful French song from 1932 entitled "Bird Songs at Eventide - Les Oiseaux dans le Soir" - Georges Thill. It is accompanied by some lovely bird images. Enjoy!
November 11th is known as Remembrance Day in England and here in Canada. It is the day that the world sets aside a time to remember the veterans who fought in the war for our freedom.
My father was one of those men. Although he was born in Canada...and a Canadian, he joined the army in 1939 in Dartford, Kent, England...this is where his parents are from. Unfortunately, for my dear father, he was captured early on in the war and became a prisoner. He never told me, his only child, or my mother, about the horrible things he suffered at the hands of his captors, but I know that he went through a lot.
I chose the song I am posting today because my father loved nature...just like me. He loved listening to good music and he loved the sounds of nature and was very gentle and kind to animals and to those around him. He was not perfect, and from what I know, he began drinking beer after the war in an attempt to forget the horrible things he went through. Over the years he realized that this was not a good thing and sought out help for his alcohol problem. Still, even though he and my mother had many arguments, he never harmed me, he was always kind and gentle with me (well, when I misbehaved I got the odd spanking), but that was it.
My father told me that he forgave his captors, which I am very glad for, as his attitude taught me to be kind and gentle with others...and to forgive. My father was born on December 19, 1919 and died of a heart attack in a veterans' hospital on August 13th, 1984.
I am sharing a photo of my father that was taken in 1939...and then a photo of my parents that was taken most likely in the late 1940's, before I was born. You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.
This post is a tribute to my beloved father...and to all veterans who fought for our freedom.
Thank you all so much for visiting me here! I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share.