On Remembrance Day, we Canadians pause to honour the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. Many of us where a red poppy to symbolize our respect to those that served and paid the ultimate price in service to their country. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae beautifully captured this symbolism of the blood-red flowers in his 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem which has received international acclaim, was written to honour those who had fallen during the Battle of Ypres in WWI, as he noticed how quickly the poppies grew over the graves of soldiers who had earlier died during this battle. It is a moving tribute and a reminder that their sacrifice should always be remembered.
Here is my second article in my effort “not to break faith” but to REMEMBER…..
“If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields”
A recent genealogical discovery is worthy of being documented as I found that a distant relative in WWI was awarded the rare Victoria Cross for gallantry and bravery. As we approach November 11th, and honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for love of country, his story is worth sharing as we discover one of the many “real” moral tragedies of war. LEST WE FORGET
Ross Creek is a name very familiar to those who live in Medicine Hat. It is named after a well-known pioneer family whose patriarch was Walter Inkerman Ross, who established a huge ranch south of the Cypress Hills and west towards Lethbridge which in time, through three generations of ranchers, developed a rather unusual name given its location. It was called the “Lost River Ranch” and its story and the story of the Ross family and their unique connection to Medicine Hat is a story worth telling.