This morning I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony which was held at the East Three Secondary School here in Inuvik. It was put together by the Legion and a great group of volunteers. It was attended by about 100 people including veterans, current military, fire fighters, RCMP officers and quite a few civilians. It was a very tough day since it is the first Remembrance Day since the passing of my maternal Grandfather. Thankfully I had a good friend to hold me tight during the ceremony. I snapped quite a few pictures of the ceremony and a couple in the legion afterwards, but unfortunately my camera battery died shortly after getting to the legion.
My Grandfather, Honourable Colonel James Francis Molloy of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, was one of the most amazing men to walk this Earth. He passed away this August and is greatly missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. He was very well known for his work with the Canadian Legion and his service in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Bamp, as he was called by his grandchildren, was one of those men who was full of stories, he always had some bit of history or an interesting fact about any of the wars and always had the time to sit down and talk or answer questions til he was blue in the face! He’s one of the smartest men I know and I am unbelievably proud to be his granddaughter. He is missed every day by his friends, family and dogs (arguably the most loved animals on the planet). In the words of one of his favourite singers:
We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when -Vera Lynn
Rest In Peace Bamp, I love you
The slogan (for lack of a better word) for this years ceremony was “Unknown but never forgotten”. We will never forget the sacrifices those have made for our freedom.
To all our soldiers, past and present, thank you.