As someone privileged to live in Canada for two years, let me take a moment to wish a happy Canada Day to all our friends north of the border–KSH.
Is that why the Prince is visiting?
Happy Canada Day to our cousins
#1 I expect so, as well as his first engagement overseas with his wife. Originally it was going to just be a Canadian visit, but I gather they have had an invite from the US as well.
On a light note, the Canadian alphabet seems to run from [i]eh?[/i] to [i]zed[/i].
More seriously, many thanks to the troops from the Princess Pats, the Royal Canadian Regiment, and [i]les Vingt-Deux[/i] who for many years have punched far above their weight in Afghanistan. Unlike other non-UK NATO troops they got into the thick of the fight and worked some of the toughest sectors in that conflict.
I’m with you Bart. Back in the late ’70s my squadron served alongside the 4th Canadian Mech Brigade on exercises in Germany. The Veignt-Deux (“Van Doos” to our guys) were a sharp unit. I also encountered some of the PPCLI and they were fine folks as well.
No Canada Day logo on Google!
I expect in a few days time, Google will be the only place a turkey will feel safe.
To Evan and Bart: the professionalism and above all the sense of duty of the Canadian military shines through RomÃ©o Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands with the Devil, a harrowing account of the time he was in command of UN forces in Rwanda during the horror of the genocide. With little back up force – and more obstruction than help from the UNO – they stayed through the horror and did what they could to help the afflicted and to act as witnesses for the time that would come after the insanity.
From north of the border: Thanks, “Yanks”, for the good wishes. We are very proud of our military (and our Mounties). Three uncles served in the RCAF and one in the RCA in WW2; Grandfather in the 236th CEF in WW1 (Oh, and one 3x great grandfather fought for George III to hang on to 13 of our Colonies But we lost that one. Probably for the best.)