It is sometimes difficult to sit here at the computer and just begin writing another blog. Sometimes I find myself drawing a blank, especially when things are quiet on the political front, and they do indeed seem to be at the moment.
However something always seems to turn up, on Saturday morning I received a phone call from a lady at my local branch of the Legion. She had just read my latest letter to the editor in the Journal Pioneer, it was relating my memories of the last day of the second world war. She wanted to book me as guest speaker for the Remembrance Day Dinner for the coming November 11th, almost nine months away. I was surprised and of course pleased to be asked, I should mention this was the same lady who ask me to run for the PC party in the recent election. I must have struck a cord with this person!!! I did agree, and now have ample time to prepare my talk. It is rather strange when I think of my first speaking engagement, The moment when I first decided to write a Memoir of my early life. The idea came about at a Legion Remembrance day dinner back in 1997, I think it was really more of a need to learn my own history. I began writing Lily & Me a year later. Since then I have used several of the stories from that book when I talk at schools etc. This morning I will share once again the Preface to the opening of my early life story “Lily & Me”
On November 11th Remembrance Day in 1997, I was a guest speaker at a banquet in the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Listening to other speakers, it gradually became clear that we were remembering the Second World War and the Korean War, but almost nothing about the First World War. In fairness, we had no surviving branch members from that first terrible conflict. I thought about my father serving in France from 1916 until the end of the war. Did I not have a duty to say something about him? Sadly, knowing so little of his war service, I merely made a respectful mention to the veterans about that ‘War to end all wars.’