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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lest we forget


Tomorrow, November 11, is Remembrance Day, when we take the time to remember and honour the men and women of Canada who fought on our behalf, and particularly those who did not come home.

Above is a photo of the Y Ravine Cemetery, where the soldiers killed at the battle of Beaumont-Hamel during World War I are buried. My great uncle Harry, 19 years old when he died, is among them.

Below is a photo of my grandfather, Ernest ("J.E.") Butler and his four children standing in front of the war memorial in St. John's, Newfoundland. A few months after Harry died, J.E. who was Harry's younger brother, lied about his age to join the Canadian forces. He was just 16 years old. J.E. was taken prisoner of war during World War I but made it home alive.

Do you know your family's Remembrance Day stories?

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