Today is June 6, 2014, 70 years after D Day, when Juno beach was invaded by Canadian Troops, along with American troops invading Normandy. I was 10 years old living in Bermuda, and I have very little memory of the day. I was and am aware of the US troops stationed in Bermuda during the war though.
Thanks to these people we are living in freedom today, and not living under either a Swastika or the Rising Sun flag! Many men died that day, many were injured. Many more were to pay the price before the war was over. To all of them, US, Canadian, British and all, I offer my thanks for their sacrifice, either in blood, lives lost or lost limbs.
We as a people owe these guys so much, and I find it disturbing that our politicians make all kinds of political speeches, but return home and micro manage the veterans care programs by cutting service and benefits. For instance, did you know that the City of Calgary has a Food Bank, to look after necessities of some of our less well off veterans? If our government is doing so much for our vets, just why do we need a food bank for our vets?
The Bureaucrats running Veterans Affairs, who make a ton of money, just being bureaucrats, continue to close offices and reduce people to care for our veterans. Terribly shabby in my opinion. I wrote our government, but to no avail.
I am ashamed to say that I voted for the government that we have in Canada, and who is sponsoring the unholy state of affairs with Veteran Administration.
Another thing happened today in our complex. We had our annual planting bee, all organized by one of our residents, who also just happens to be a veteran himself. David has lived in our community since early 1999 if memory serves me well. He has worked tirelessly since his arrival to look after the landscaping on our grounds.
Today, there were some 31 residents who were out digging, planting the annuals and watering them in. Along with him he has had some helpers who help not only with the start up in the spring, but continue through the year with watering and deadheading the old flowers. Money for our plantings comes from another source. We have a few people that enjoy a drink in our community, and so we have a few people in each of our apartment buildings who collect the recyclable bottles and cans. Their efforts bring in several thousand dollars a year and this money is used to buy the plants!
Lots of people involved, as one can see, and the results are worth it. We have a landscaping company, ULS who do our lawns, work up the soil in the gardens, look after any number of things related to landscaping, and they do it all under the direction of David Tidd. ULS is a landscape company that was the recipient of an industry award, that is passed down to the residents of our community. It is quite an award, since it recognises the efforts that went to making ours the best landscaped condo in the area. The award can only be won once in any 5 year cycle and David has seen us win it twice now. Congratulations David, and Dreamview!
David Tidd is accepting the award on behalf of our community from Joan Perigoe a resident in our community and our Board Chair.
WEB SITE OF THE DAY:
Todays web site video is on the landing of the Canadians at Juno Beach. Well worth taking a look. Canada on Juno Beach
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
While on a road trip, an elderly couple, stopped at A&W in Brandon for lunch.
After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip to Toronto.
When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until they had been driving for about forty minutes.
By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around, in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.
All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man.
He fussed and complained, and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became.
He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute.
To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car, and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, “While you’re in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card.”
Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.