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November 6, 2012

The 11th Hour Of The 11th Day Of The 11th Month.

The 11th Hour Of The 11th Day Of The 11th Month.
by Dick Hunt, November 6th, 2012.
One memory of the first World War for me was my Mothers’ brother, Uncle Percy who had gone through the whole war in Europe with the First Canadian Army in Europe without losing a limb , along with two of his brothers. When he received his discharge he went to work in a sawmill just north of Vancouver and within a month he lost his right arm at the elbow. He then wore an artificial arm until his death many years later. I was born two years after the end of hostilities. My uncles had fought in all the major battles, suffered wounds, gas attacks and came home. They never dwelt on their experiences in the trenches, a tendency of many veterans. They were so grateful for their safe return. And they sorely missed their lost comrades, with whom they had suffered so much.

I lost many friends in the second world war, in the Canadian forces; Army, Navy and Air force. Some served in the Navy on the North Atlantic run with the small ships doing escort duties. Some served in the big Bombers and the Fighters and many of them never returned. And many of them were in the Army in North Africa, Italy, Scicily, France, Germany, Holland, at D Day and V.E. Day. I was in the R.C.A.F. and was never sent overseas. The nearest I came to hostilities was a B.C. coastal Island on a Bomber and Recconaisance Squadron for 19 months. Our scene of operations was the North West Pacific and other than sightings of enemy Subs and Planes, we had a quiet time of it. My trade was Radio Technology with some Telephone and Radar work between coastal communities and Alaska. The experience was useful and I learned a good deal about living in harmony with others.
But I learned a good deal more through my association with the men and women who had gone overseas and fought through all the weary and horrific months and years of the war. When I entered the Ministry, I also became the Chaplain of the Royal Canadian Legion and served in that capacity in four communities over a period of 32 years. I loved to chat with the Members about their experiences but I was the listener and the learner. Some had been prisoners of war after Dieppe and had come home with deep scars of loss and insecurity. I learned so much from them of the chivalry and honor of giving themselves for the sake of freedom and for the preservation of Justice and Democracy. They in turn had learned a good deal about the bravery and tenacity of the people they had come to set free from the terrors of war over the five years of suffering. Even now, I hear stories, passed on from generations of Europeans in Canada whose parents lived through the war years in many countries. With no exceptions, they have so much praise for the armed forces who came to set them free. They love Canadians.

The wars to end all wars. Jesus said, “There will always be wars and rumours of wars”. We learn that, in the daily pages, viewings and airwaves. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and came into the world to set all mankind free from the law of sin and death. Certainly there have been wars and evil and treachery throughout all history. But peace and harmony does come to the hearts of men and women and children who meet Jesus Christ, come to know him as Saviour and Lord of their lives and Children of our God, Heavenly Father and merciful provider. We ignore God and His Word printed and His Word, made flesh to dwell among us, at our great peril. Only believe and you will see the Power of God.

photo by Denise M of SecondTimeAroundFinds

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