Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada/Memorial Day.....

This evening I got rummaging around an old box of negatives and slides, and came across this image. It was originally shot on 35mm Kodak Ektar 25 film. So on a spur of the moment, I decided to scan it and post it here tonight....or it is morning now I guess. Anyway, it reminded me that we all have roots, and for some of us it is elsewhere other than where we now find ourselves. This was shot many many years ago in a moment of fine madness that I will not try to explain. I will leave it open for interpretation by anyone who cares to....
For most of us, this is now Canada Day. However, for a lot of Newfoundlanders, it will be celebrated as Memorial Day. Why you may ask...Memorial Day is to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed concurrently with Canada's national holiday, Canada Day. Memorial Day is observed on July 1st to recall the losses of the Dominion of Newfoundland at Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme of the First World War, and has been observed annually since 1917. In the past, the forget-me-not was used to commemorate those who had sacrificed during war. The small flowers were pinned in the same way that the Poppy is used on Remembrance Day, November 11th.  The province of Newfoundland and Labrador will often observe Memorial Day during the morning at the National War Memorial in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, and cenotaphs around the province, flying the Union Flag at half staff. In the afternoon and evening they celebrate Canada Day. Besides Remembrance Day, this day is the only other day in which the red poppy is worn in Canada....so there you go folks....lest we forget. Here's my wish for a very Happy Canada Day to everyone, and Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Newfoundlanders....long may your big jib draw!

4 comments:

John Minkowkyj said...

Happy Canada Day to you and all your family, from ours!

David c.h. Brown said...

Thank you John...Happy Canada Day to you and yours also. Dave

Krys and Paul said...

What a great photo of a beautiful image! It positively radiates NL's bittersweet history. Thanks!

David c.h. Brown said...

Thanks again Krys & Paul...it harkens to a time gone by, and with all of the changes that have taken place in Newfoundland, we will never see the likes of it again. Glad I got to return while it still has some traces of the old days. Dave