William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2011
Central Saanich Cenotaph

A bunch of the lads they were all forming up:
‘Twas a cold windy, and wet rainy day.
But the sun it came out without murmur or shout
And chased all of the mean rain clouds away.

At eleven o’clock all things seem to stop
As the flypast flew high overhead.
It then seemed to me as we looked up to see.
That they did so to honour our dead?

They flew out from Sidney to cenotaphs down town.
Victoria and Esquimalt is where they were bound.
It might have been accidental or perhaps maybe not?
As we said lest we forget, we were perhaps not forgot?

The Mayor gave a speech; there was laying of wreaths.
The names of our most recent fallen were read.
The Padre said the solemn prayers for our Canadian dead.
The poem in Flanders fields, by a young man was said.

‘Twas the eleventh of November: again we remembered
With the singing of Oh Canada and God Save the Queen.
There were some in the crowd who did not speak out loud.
About the horror and suffering and dying they’d seen.

My old boss Murray Edwards in the bloody Korean War.
Led a platoon into action as the heavy guns roared.
They won the Presidential citation for this Great Nation.
But left five hundred dead in the blood and the gore.

Lest we forget.

Major Murray EdwardsRemembrance Day, 2011

Major Murray Edwards laid a wreath for the PPCLI’s Fallen – he is a spry 92 years old, is active as Vice President of the Mark Isfeld Chapter of CAVUNP and a tireless worker as the Victoria Director of ICROSS CANADA.

A Veteran of WW2, the Korean War and Several Peacekeeping Missions, he is looked up to and admired by the veterans of Central Saanich

Thank you for your Service Murray. Many Blessings Sir

Billy


Photo series by the Willbond Family

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Photo series by Jan and Fred Mercer

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