I didn't want Remembrance Day to end without mentioning who I remember on this day.
I remember my Papa, who is 95 this year. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy and served on several North Atlantic Convoys. His twin brother Oliver, also joined up and was captured and killed in Italy in 1943. He is buried in Salerno. They were born and raised in southern Saskatchewan, near Readlyn. Hazel Lake in Saskatchewan is named after Oliver. I also gave my son the name Oliver as one of his middle names.
My son also has another equally important middle name, Kanshiro. Named after my Grandpa Ohashi, who was born in Japan but came to Canada as a teenager. He was able to avoid internment during WWII by being sent to southern Alberta to farm. Other family members did not have this option and lost their homes and livelihoods in British Columbia when they were sent to internment camps in the interior of BC.
Today I hope everyone took a moment to think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who fought, and those who are still serving. Lest We Forget.
|Oliver Baker Hazel, Stoker 1st Class 1922-1943|