Bill Kenny & The Ink Spots

[“Ink Spots Billboard 3” by Unknown – Ad on page 138 of Billboard 1944 Music Yearbook; also published in ad on page 3 of the Billboard 1943 Music Yearbook. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons; Musical Notes Illustration original image © nmarques74/Dollar Photo Club]

In 1943, when I was 16 years old, I was living in St. Thomas where my father was stationed in the RCAF.

That Spring I had an opportunity to go to London, Ontario, to a concert ...

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Chester School

[Original image “Abandoned schoolhouse with red apple” © pictureguy32/Dollar Photo Club]

The day of the one-room country school has long gone.
What a shame!
From the time I was born in 1927 until I was 7 years old I lived on a prairie farm. I started Grade One in a one-room country school when I was four years old, and remained there for 3 and a half years.

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The SS Columbia 1955

[Original image “Ship rope knot on wooden texture background” © karandaev/Dollar Photo Club]

In 1955 I was the Senior Liaison Officer at HQ 2 Canadian Infantry Brigade stationed in Edmonton. We ran the Summer Concentration in Camp Wainwright prior to our departure for Germany where we would replace 1 CIB as Canada’s NATO contribution.

At the end of July the Bde personnel were given 2 weeks “Departure Leave” and we were to assemble in Quebec City from where we would sail ...

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A Magic Meeting

[Original image “Couple in Cafe” © photographmd/Dollar Photo Club]

When a Cadet at Royal Roads, the Naval College, a Classmate asked me to escort his date’s friend: she would not go without her friend accompanying them and with a date! It was his birthday and he wanted to throw a dance party.

I had never “blind-dated” and refused to then.

He continued to pester me until I finally gave in and agreed to the blind date – he gave me the girl’s ...

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A Life of Chance Begins

[Original images © photology1971 & yodaswa /Dollar Photo Club]

When I was almost 6 months old I developed a cough that gradually became much worse and responded to no treatment.

My parents took me to doctors in Moose Jaw and Regina and the only recommendation was “steam” – a steaming kettle under a sheet over my head.

This accomplished nothing so I was taken to the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg – where the same advice was give!

The problem got worse!

Mother took me ...

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Our Colonial Status

[Original flag images © Claudio Divizia/Dollar Photo Club]

As a part of the British Empire we, like all others submitting to the Monarch, were referred to as “Colonials”. And so long as we were under the protection of Great Britain and bound to her both politically and economically, we held that subservient status.

Had it not been for the obstinacy of such as Sir Sam Hughes in 1914 and General AGL McNaughton in 1939, our forces would have been piecemeal absorbed ...

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Persons I have been privileged to know

[Original R.C.M.P. stamp image © Sam Spiro/Dollar Photo Club]

Sheer circumstance [or, as I personally choose to believe, “The hand of God”] has led me to meet a very wide range of people who have – at one time or another – had an impact on some part of our World.

This is not an ego-trip, for I had nothing to do with initiating these meetings: nor have any of them benefitted me or my career, other than through the impact ...

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Veterans’ Support

[Original image “Handicapped one-legged man walking on crutches” © Daddy Cool/Dollar Photo Club]

It is Veterans who made Canada and it is veterans who have given Canada international acceptance and recognition; and yet it is Veterans who are being ignored and all too often dishonoured by our government.

We are told that Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden’s 1914 Oath of Government support for Veterans now has no substance  and imposes no obligation on subsequent Governments – that our Government no longer ...

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Remembrance Day 2014

[Original image “A field of bright, red poppies under blue skies” © allouphoto/Dollar Photo Club]

Today we remember the more than two million young Canadians who have donned uniforms to defend our Country: Ypres, Vimy Ridge, The Hochwald, Breskins, Ortona, Kap’Yong, Hill 355, the Medak Pocket, the White School House in Panjwai Afghanistan.

It has been their service that has created this Country of which we are so proud and which has become the greatest free democratic state in the world!

They ...

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