Saturday, June 21, 2008


Lakes and Lagoons
Butchart Gardens
Elk and Beaver

What else did we do in Canada? - well, amongst other things we attended the Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration Service.

My beautiful god-daughter Boo was in the parade with her sea scout troop so there was no way we were missing this event!

Attended by proud veterans,
the Canadian Navy, the US Submariners, and the Navy Cadets this was a touching service to the honour of the Canadian servicemen lost during the longest battle of World War Two.

Bringing up the rear was a small troop of determined children, polished and cleaned to within an inch of their lives - stubbornly marching to the beat.

This is the image that sums up the morning - RESPECT...(Boo is second from right)

My mother summed up my thoughts about Boo when she said 'that girl is a credit to her Ma!'.......



Ally said...

Hello, nice to meet you - Michelle sent me!

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I love a parade. ;-)

MIchele sent me.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Those parade pictures are excellent. They really tell it all.

Michele sent me.

CyberKitten said...

It was a good (and moving) parade.

jean-luc... you might like a cartoon I posted on Wednesday. Feel free to 'pop over' & check it out.

Anonymous said...

Wow that last picture can knock for a loop if you're not careful.

Michele sent me

jsdaughter said...

Thanks for sharing the parade with us.
Michele sent me today.

Carmi said...

I was privileged to write a column about London's Battle of the Atlantic commemoration ceremony a few years back when I was a columnist for our daily paper. I still get chills down my spine when I think about how the veterans invited me for a chat over drinks afterward.

They recalled their experiences as if they were still there, and I had to resist the urge to not touch them and call them heroes. I didn't want to seem like some fawning person.

In the end, I let me words speak for me instead. They are indeed heroes, and I'm so glad you shared your experience here.

Here's a link to my original entry:

Michael Manning said...

Our mutual friend Carmi said it best here. It touches my heart to see these photos and you must be so proud of Boo! Bless her heart!:)

Anonymous said...

I always have a lump in my throat at parades like this...the courage these men and women had is hard to beat.

Lovely photos that I'm so glad you posted. And Boo looks a great girl-you must all indeed be very proud!!

Michele sent me to say hi:)

flleenie said...

Awesome pictures!
I will always be thankful to the men & women who risk their lives everyday to protect us.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I am always very moved by Parades honoring our fighting men....Here, on Memorial Day, as a kid...I would cry every year....! I think it because seeing the Veterans and knowing what they went through for all of us---Well, I find it extremely moving....! This Parade looks like it was quite special! I am moved just looking at these pictures!

Thanks for your very dear Birthday Wishes, my dear....I am off to bed right now and will Celebrate when I get up later this morning...!