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  1. Joyce Jackson
    June 28, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us Elaine! Such a special day for you!! I am glad you were allowed to take pictures.

  2. Elaine Cougler
    June 29, 2017 @ 8:19 am

    Yes, the pictures help us remember, don’t they? Even though neither Ron nor I were very happy with our hurried shots. Thanks, Joyce!

  3. Gloria Haynes
    July 5, 2017 @ 12:11 pm

    Elaine, thanks so much for sharing this amazing experience, the pictures are amazing! Gloria

    • Elaine Cougler
      July 5, 2017 @ 6:44 pm

      Thanks, Gloria. It was a memorable experience and one not to be repeated too soon. The Centre Block will be closed next year for 10 years of repairs!
      miss you!

  4. Sheila Gale
    July 9, 2017 @ 11:11 pm

    This was v. Interesting and thanks for sharing. My dad was in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the war and trained young men for overseas duty. My three uncles were all posted overseas and although they all survived they suffered from what is now called post traumatic stress. In those days, little was understood about this. I guess unless the wounds were visible they were not seen as relevant. My step father was not drafted because his work was deemed essential. Yet he was treated with disrespect and sometimes shunned by people whose sons were getting injured or killed.

    War is horrific. It kills and maims and leaves families grief stricken. Unfortunately, it will probably always be with us in one form or another.

    • Elaine Cougler
      July 11, 2017 @ 7:37 am

      My Dad was a farmer so didn’t go to war but his two brothers did. I have recently been wondering if Dad was the butt of unpleasantness because his job was deemed essential. His two brothers returned but I know each of them suffered after effects but no man was supposed to show weakness in those days. My Uncle Allan was a medic and I can just imagine some of the horrible things he must have seen. A quiet loving man, he would have hated the whole thing.
      Thanks for your comment, Sheila. This was a pivotal private moment for both Ron and me.