I did not get to take in the Canada Day Celebrations as we were travelling back from Halifax. Nevertheless, I did celebrate on Tuesday evening at the Halifax International Tattoo. what an amazing show that could not fail but to bring out our Canadian pride. Just to watch the Red coats of the RCMP march to centre stage carrying Canadian flags was enough to burst ones heart. To listen to the wonderful music, the drill teams and especially the Paris Police motorcycle team was all quite thrilling. A military drill team from Norway stole the show with the most impressive act of all. I have never seen such amazing precision and timing, marching and rifle drill. The theme of the Tattoo was the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. All the beautiful old songs from that era, Lilli Marlene-White Cliffs of Dover and so many more brought tears to my eyes. So many marching bands, gymnastics, Irish dancing girls, comedy and laughter. But most of all, I felt the great pride of having lived through that terrible conflict. Yet not all were bad memories, sometimes funny and other times fearful. But through it all came the wonderful spirit of overcoming the destruction of war and the threat of oppression. I think the most moving event of the show was twenty RCN sailors carrying Canada flags and twenty German soldiers carrying German Flags marching to centre stage. They halted and turn to face each other, then one by one switched flags. The Canadians marched off carrying the German flags and the Germans carrying the Canadian flags. A very moving act of reconciliation by two nations who had once gone to war against each other. It made me think of my own values, I have never thought of the U Boat men as anything but brother submariners. We sailors don’t start wars, politicians do that, but without question we go to war to defend our nations. To conclude, if you want to see and enjoy something very special then go to the Tattoo.
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