Paul and I enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving turkey dinner with our friends, Irm and Don. This year was our first "official USA" Thanksgiving. Last year we were travelling and spent the day in Augusta, Maine where everything was closed for the holiday. We ate take-out pizza from a cardboard box in our hotel room, with a Canadian beer.
We are thankful to have met and made such nice friends as Irm and Don.
Friday, November 25, 2011
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Portraits of Honour Tour was in Bathurst on 7 November.
Dave Sopha has been airbrushing murals and paintings for the past 38 years. The Portraits of Honour mural stretches 10 feet tall by 40 feet wide and features the faces of the 158 Canadian soldiers, sailors and aircrew who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.
Originally started in artist Dave Sopha’s private studio, it quickly grew to require more space and was moved into the studio created at Kin Canada’s headquarters located in Cambridge, Ontario.
Since he began in December of 2008, Dave has painted an average of 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Despite efforts to have him slow down, Dave cannot seem to tear himself away from his mural. He feels an overwhelming obligation to each soldier, sailor and aircrew, and to each of their families to make each portrait perfect.
Here Dave Sopha is chatting with local soldiers about their experiences with the Canadian Forces.
Monday, November 7, 2011
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted.
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.