Friday, November 10, 2006

Remember


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There is a very popular direct passenger ferry from Seattle's waterfront to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Victoria, at the southern end of Vancouver Island, has a lovely small harbor and a walkable charming downtown. I went there for a concert this week. Unfortunately the direct ferry was fully booked, so I drove up past the border and boarded a car ferry, then once on the island drove the 20 miles into Victoria. All about town Canadians were wearing red poppies of remembrance. I noticed this woman spending quite a long time at the memorial to those who perished in World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. It was refreshing to see so many people actually think about and remember the human cost of war. Although Veterans Day is Saturday (Remembrance Day in Canada), it is observed here in Seattle today by the closing of schools and some public institutions. For many, it is merely a "floating" holiday which some employers honor and others do not. My neighbors to the north gave me a good reminder through their thoughtful observance.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Belle statue et tres bon sujet. demain en france nous fetons le 11 novembre (Le 11 novembre 1918, c'est la Fin de la première Guerre mondiale ; l'Allemagne signe l'armistice et restitue l'Alsace et la Lorraine à la France).

Beautiful statue and very good subject. tomorrow in France we celebrate on November 11 (On November 11, 1918, it is the End of the First World War; Germany signs the armistice and restores Alsace and Lorraine in France).

Felicia said...

Nice post Kim. I've seen the red poppies here too but never knew what they meant. BTW, glad you liked the mini VW,it was probably no more than 6 feet long.

Kala said...

I heard Seattle had some serious rains recently - what concert were you heading to? =P

Kate said...

Ah, yes, your neighbors to the north honour the day as it was acknowledged here when I was a child. I still have the habit, at 11 am, to pause and reflect upon their deaths and the end of the war as I did in school as a youngster. We always wore red poppies and I fondly recall the people on the street (volunteers) who sold them with their poppies and cans for coins. Your photo is a great reminder.

Sally said...

Hi Kim.

I'm doing Armistice-Remembrance-Poppy Day too (in a little while it will be up!)

Nice shot .

Anonymous said...

Have a listen to the Remembrance podcast on iTunes or the Royal British Legion blog. It's a good way to remember.

Anonymous said...

Kim, this is good way to remember....and this is a very nice shot:)


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