The Bird of Peace flies relentlessly over the "Border of Canada and U.S.....She protects all.
The peace and friendship that has blessed these two Nations for Centuries, MUST Continue.
The United States now has a task that is difficult: Reign- in the monster!
But, today, my prayer is one of thanks. I am so very grateful to be a descendant and friend of the beautiful Nation of Canada. I am so very Proud of Canada! I forever will be so proud of my Canadian heritage!
My maternal grandfather, David Wintermute, was born in Ontario Province, Canada. Years later, His daughter, Margaret, who was a US Citizen, gave birth to me and my brothers and sisters.
I never met Grandfather David, but my son, David, carries that name forward with his family! For me and my brothers and sisters, our heritage on both sides was always stressed by our parents as we grew up!
I am so proud and happy that this all came to pass because, years later, as a soldier in the US Army in Vietnam - I met and became fast friends with an Ontario Born Soldier who had volunteered in the United States Army! His name was John Austin Anderson, was a fantastic guy, full of heart and friendliness and ease of manners.
Shortly after we met - not long at all - we were all assigned to a region in Vietnam that included a huge Mountain named Nui Ba Den! The Mountain "stuck out" in the otherwise flat regions around it. John and others, were assigned to a Radar/telecommunications facility at the top of the huge mountain. The rest of us stayed down below, guarding the tunnels and other areas with our equipment and protection.
During the night, the facility at the top of the mountain was attacked by North Vietnamese and Vietcong Forces. Among the many victims of this attack were John and another friend of mine, Moses Cousin!
Meeting John Anderson always had an impact on me because, After all, John did not need to volunteer to fight this war! He did not need to take part! Bt he did!
What an amazing soul!! ...
....And so, on this Canada Day, as a descendant of Canadian family, I was always so very impressed and so very proud of those from Canada and other Nations who would volunteer to fight alongside the USA in that terrible war!
This is what friendship and bravery is all about:
Free people joining each other to fight against despots, murderers Hatred....
And, ALL OF THIS is What Makes ME so Very Proud of my Canadian Heritage!! Canada, That amazing nation!
And I am Proud and Thankful to claim a title bit of Canadian heritage That small amount is what makes me so very proud. And I think about that almost every day!!
Finally, That stoic and permanent nature of this massive waterfall that is a National border for parts of Canada and the U.S., is emblematic of the relationship that the US and Canada have had...
SO ONCE AGAIN,, CITIZENS OF CANADA, I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL CANADA DAY!! YOU DESERVE IT!!
OH CANADA - I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire