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August 2019

The last two weeks have certainly had some ups and downs. Think it best to provide the ups first.

On the August long weekend my wife and I attended COBRA 2019. COBRA is the acronym for Canadian Overseas Brats Reunion Association. We are the children of military men and women who served in France, Germany and Belgium during the Cold War. Thankfully, the war never went hot or we would not have been around to hold reunions every two or three years. It was grand reacquainting with folks I had not seen; in some cases for nearly fifty years. Military brats have experienced a much different upbringing than most people. We developed bonds living in small communities surrounded by tens of millions of Europeans; those bonds remain strong to this day.

This last weekend, my wife and I attended the 105th anniversary of the founding of Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Edmonton. My late father served with this illustrious regiment from 1950 to 1975. The people who have most influenced my life all served with the Patricias. When I was young, they instilled lasting values and I owe them all a debt of gratitude.

The down side was last week having to euthanize Major, our beloved Pomeranian; he was only six years old. Major developed a chronic health condition the vets were unable to treat. With breaking hearts, we agreed it was best to let him cross the rainbow bridge. Major was named after two famous Canadian warriors, Major John McRae who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields and Major Hamilton Gault who founded the PPCLI.

Upcoming blog posts, will share details of my journeys over the years spanning 2011 to 2018 of the old western front in France and Belgium. Hope you will enjoy.

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