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Posted: 10 Nov 2017 18:12
by bertvorgon
Once again we pause for a moment in time to reflect on those that serve, have served, have sacrificed, to keep this World sane.

I think of my own father who saw the horrors of Belsen and the destruction of Europe, as he went from England, France, Belgium, Holland and finally Germany.

And, our 510 comrade, ART HUGHES, who embodied both the Peace that we need in this World, and the true 510 enthusiast.

Thanks to all that serve, no matter the politics, that put themselves in harms way.


Posted: 12 Nov 2017 07:29
by Byron510
Keith, thanks for posting and remembering Art.

As I stood at the local cenotaph yesterday with our Cub Scout troop as the names of the local fallen were read off complete with gun salute, I also paused to remember Art and his stories that I’m so happy he shared with me about his involvement in and after WW2.

Lest we not forget.



Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:32
by bertvorgon
It was my pleasure to do that, only fitting!

One thing we never did do, was go the the Legion that Art was at and look at all his work on the medals. I gave him some WW2 medal's when he was trying to complete a set for someone who may have lost one

As I have quite the collection now of medals, some even going back to the Boer war, that I have gotten through work, I would like to see what he did. My retirement project is to make a really nice display, with history on the WW1 person's service, as those medals are named on the side.

Then down the road, donate it to the Air Museum in Langley, if they want it. I will talk to them. I have an alcohol tank from an CDN aircraft that I am donating also.


Posted: 12 Nov 2017 17:39
by finn
This being my 15 years of service to the Navy, I always felt like I was apart of something bigger than myself. This summer I got the news that I had been picked up for Chief Petty Officer. We spent a lot of time reflecting on that the trials and tribulations of our brothers and sisters time after time, war after war. It's amazing how much we've changed, Canadians and americans, that our younger generations just as easily treat our freedoms as rights.
Thank you to all that had served and thank you to all who keep the freedom alive. We're here because they were THERE.


Posted: 12 Nov 2017 17:55
by 510rob
bertvorgon thing we never did do, was go the the Legion that Art was at and look at all his work on the medals...

I've taken my dad down to 176 for their roast beef dinner. It's very good. The whole experience is good; Art's handiwork (with the medals) is all around you. If you mention that you knew Art, you will be welcomed with a string of fascinating stories.


Posted: 12 Nov 2017 18:17
by bertvorgon
That is really neat that you did that Rob, I wish I could have done that with my Dad.

Maybe would could go down there again some time, I would like that. I get emotional now, the more that I look at his pictures and see what it must have been like for him ( and all those young men) and wonder how did they do that day after day!?

When I went and saw the new movie DUNKIRK, what I came away with was the fear, yet, the dedication, everyday, to get into those fighter planes, and never know if you are coming back. My Dad talked about that with the bomber crews.


Posted: 12 Nov 2017 18:30
by 510rob
There is a roast beef dinner there every Friday night at 6:30pm. Let's get a few people to go. That would be fun.


Posted: 12 Nov 2017 18:51
by bertvorgon
Yes please, I would really enjoy that.

More and more Ev and I have been researching so many WW1 people. Long story short, I have ended up with a fellows medal from the R.N.C.V.R.( which are quite rare), I got them from his son up in Vernon, who is now in his 80's. Very cool family history and this person was very lucky over his time in WW1, one step ahead of disaster the whole time.

At one point in England, he got stationed in a Stone Frigate, 1 barrack away from the first ever bombing in England, by a zeppelin, that killed a whole bunch of service people due to the flying glass they were barracked in.

I still think of your grandfather and where our trail ran cold, as he went with the British. It would be very neat to see if we could continue the research with the Brits.


Posted: 11 Nov 2018 10:44
by bertvorgon
As we approach the 11th hour of the 11th day, lets us not forget all those that have served !