Remembrance Day (Photo credit: Lauren Cathy Turner)
386. Remembering… the human ability to call to mind that which lingers and which has meaning
387. Remembrance Day… November 11, the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour… silent thoughtful remembrance of sacrifice of others for my good
388. The Remembrance… The Lord’s Supper… Eucharist… I am taking and breaking and eating and finding good and grace-filled and filled with meaning, because of Jesus sacrifice for me, his body broken for me, his blood poured out for me
389. Memory… the capacity to experience over and over again…
390. remembering to be grateful
391. remembering sacrifice
392. remembering love
393. the silence and sensibility for all this and more
394. leaves surrendering to chill, lack of sun and production of green, the swansong of colours, the final fall to earth and death
395. the things placed upon our hearts as they spill over with thanks
397. words that last long after we do
398. husband reaching
399. whistle of a son
400. the goodness of all things, the goodness of Papa God
So I receive, remember, respond with thankfulness for all things,
Soli Deo Gloria,
Morton H. Cook, Royal Air Force. 1916.
Morton was the brother of Sgt. James Hislop Cook, my Great Grandfather.
Morton was killed in Belgium, 1918.
My Grandfather’s father, Sgt. James Hislop Cook, A Company, 20th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1914 – 1919. Photo taken in 1918.
Note the insignia on his lower left sleeve.
CROSSED RIFLES: The crossed rifles identify him as a Marksman. This qualification entitled men to an extra allowance, which was welcome for poorly paid soldiers. Marksmanship qualifications had to be re-earned every year.
THREE STRIPES: These stripes are commonly known as “wound stripes”, and are rewarded each time a soldier is wounded in combat.
Thanks to my brother Joel for the use of these family photos and the explanations of their meaning.
February 14, 1916. (Valentine’s Day)
Just another card to your collection. Hope to find yourself in best of health as this leaves me well and looking forward to being with you very soon now – kindly Geo [his brother, George, also a soldier] was asking after you all, best wishes to the barnes [children] and not forgetting my wiffie, lots of love from your own husband Jim
’till we meet again lovy