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Old 11-19-2010, 10:17 AM   #1
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Paying Respect to Canadian Troops

I had a day free yesterday and decided that I would go and have a ride through the New Forest, a national park very close to where I live.

While I was there I came across a wooden cross which was surrounded by poppies and wreaths. Upon further investigation I learnt that the troops of the 3rd Division of the Canadian Army were encamped in the area while waiting to leave the south coast of England for the D-Day landings. Lots of places in the area are named after the troops. I also learnt that unlike the US troops based in the UK, who were seen as "over paid, over sexed and over here", the Canadians were warmly thought of and welcomed to the area.

The wooden cross was erected by the troops and services were held there during their stay.

Just behind the cross there are two Canadian Maple Trees planted.

The troops of the 3rd Division were some of the first to step foot onto Juno Beach on the 6th June, 1944.

This picture shows that the memory of these men will never fade and are remembered as all those who gave everything are at 11am, 11th November.


A closer look at the cross reveals lots of badges


The full inscription reads;
ON THIS SITE A CROSS WAS ERECTED TO THE GLORY OF GOD ON 14th APRIL 1944.
SERVICES WERE HELD HERE UNTIL D-DAY 6th JUNE 1944 BY MEN OF THE 3rd CANADIAN DIVISION RCASC
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:36 AM   #2
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hey thanks for putting this up
I try and ride to a cenotaph every year for Remebrance day to leave my poppy and say thanks.

Next year maybe I will make a report of it.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:00 PM   #3
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Thank you for posting. I'm proud that our countrymen could help make a difference, and I'm glad they are not forgotten...
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:04 PM   #4
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Awesome, Thanks so much to them and you.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting that.

I hope to see that myself one day. My wife has family in Dorchester
and Abbotsbury.
We'll put it on the "must" list when we get there.

Should be in the next 5 years.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:07 PM   #6
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46,000 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in Europe. Thanks for the visual memorial
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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Very neat, Love memorials where ever I find them. My favorite stops here in the US.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:32 AM   #8
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I bought a Canadian soldier dinner last night. I was in an A&W on the freeway and he pulled in between Calgary and Edmonton in a near blizzard in one of those six wheel drive military trucks with the canvas enclosure on the back. I went up to the till and told the cashier his money was no good here.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:31 AM   #9
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Very neat, Love memorials where ever I find them. My favorite stops here in the US.
Most Canadians are polite but I am going to put that aside for a moment to say that this thread was not about YOU or your American favorites thanks for trying to hijack the moment!.

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Old 11-21-2010, 08:59 AM   #10
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I bought a Canadian soldier dinner last night. I was in an A&W on the freeway and he pulled in between Calgary and Edmonton in a near blizzard in one of those six wheel drive military trucks with the canvas enclosure on the back. I went up to the till and told the cashier his money was no good here.
One word: Class.

When I was a kid in the Navy it was not uncommon for folks to buy me a beer or a sandwich and I always appreciated it. I'm sure that guy did as well.

I try to pass the favor on when I can
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:34 PM   #11
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Thank you for posting. We should never forget all those who served to make our world free.

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Old 11-21-2010, 01:57 PM   #12
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:04 PM   #13
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Thanks for posting this.

Whenever I think about our troops overseas past and present, I think of this:

EYES RIGHT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMzHlkB-Yg
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:04 PM   #14
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Awesome piece of history from a time when men were men.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:55 AM   #15
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46,000 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in Europe. Thanks for the visual memorial
The Royal Canadian Navy had only six destroyers, five minesweepers and some 3,000 officers and men. Yet by 1941, Canada had taken full resposibility for guarding the convoys on the western leg of the Atlantic run.

Before the war was over, Canada would send 400 ships and over 90,000 men to sea. Canada has always done more than her share in times of war.
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