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Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance 2016

A few months ago, my husband's uncle, Richard Mercer, died. Dick was a Canadian Army veteran. 

 

In 1950, at the age of twenty, he left his home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and joined the Canadian military.

 

Two years later, he was fighting in the Korean War, for a time dug into the side of a mountain during the year he was there. This young man made the military his career and served in a variety of locations, including Cyprus, as a peacekeeper.

 

That soldier remembered and every year, he participated in the ceremonies of Remembrance on November 11th. While many of us pause to recall the sacrifice of so many, he had specific memories of some who paid the supreme sacrifice. Besides the ultimate cost to some, this man knew the cost of survival as well and what military personnel continue to sacrifice for this country.

 
                                       Uncle Dick and great grand niece Sylvie

Richard (Dick) Mercer, though you are gone, we remember you and are thankful for your service to Canada.

We will remember them.


26 comments:

Gloria said...

Wonderful photos and lovely remembrance of a good man.

Shammickite said...

Nice post about Dick Mercer. Our veterans deserve to be honoured and remembered. What a handsome young man he was. And I love all the washing flapping on the line in the first pic!

DJan said...

Thank you for this lovely remembrance of a fine man. I appreciate having been introduced to him. Blessings on this day honoring our veterans.

Ginnie said...

What a lovely tribute to your Uncle Dick, Marie. So many wonderful military men and women are gone but never forgotten.

Anonymous said...

A lovely remembrance. They did so much for us. Never Forget!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Amen.

Jackie said...

Thank you Richard Mercer for your service to your country.
Even though you are no longer with us, what you did for your country will never be forgotten.
I thank each and every veteran today....and always.
Jackie

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you.
This is beautiful. And a tribute to a beautiful man.

Cathy said...

Great memories of someone dear to you who served his country

Cathy @ Still Waters

Marie Smith said...

He is missed for sure, Connie.

Marie Smith said...

Our vets deserve the best we have, Shammickite!

Marie Smith said...

Blessings to you too Jan.

Marie Smith said...

We keep their memories alive, Ginnie!

Marie Smith said...

We won't, SS and we will teach the children too.

Marie Smith said...

Amen!

Marie Smith said...

Each vet deserves our gratitude but also the services each needs as well. We will never forget them, Jackie.

Marie Smith said...

Uncle Dick gave a lifetime of service. He did well! EC.

Marie Smith said...

He served for a lifetime, Cathy. He did well.

Anvilcloud said...

It's nice and effective to make it personal like this.

Mage said...

When he was younger, his mouth ha a wonderful little smile in the corners. Thanks so much for posting this.

Marie Smith said...

I like the personal stories too. It is more real I think.

Marie Smith said...

You're welcome. Dick had a great smile.

Anonymous said...

Yes we will (remember them)! God Bless them for protecting us. My dad was in the navy before he finished high school...then finished high school, and then went into the army. Thanks for posting about this memorial day. Andrea

Marie Smith said...

You must be very proud of your Dad, Andrea.

Doris said...

Thanks for the blog on my husband (of which I only heard about today from a family member).... I especially like the second picture that I took, in front of my family home in Port Maitland NS...in the late 1950's. During the Remembrance Day service at our Legion, here in Osgoode, two of his granddaughters, Julia & Elisha laid a wreath in his memory. Yes, he is missed ~ every day

Marie Smith said...

How wonderful that the girls could lay a wreath in their grandfather's memory, Doris. We think of him often!