THANK YOU, CANADA, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. First of all, we’d like to wish our northern cousins a Happy Birthday. Saturday, July 1, is Canada Day. She turns 150 and with all due respect, she is certainly holding her age well.
I have some familiarity with that nation, her history and her people. I am, as well, acquainted with the stereotypes and some of them make me wince. But then ignorance tends to have that effect on me.
We have shared the same continent since the first Europeans came to both shores and fought one another from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812. With the permanent defeat of the British, both nations were free to pursue their individual “manifest destinies.”
Even after her own independence, Canada remained both a member of the British Commonwealth and a staunch ally of the United States. When the need arose, Canadians defended that Commonwealth and protected America as well. Canada was the first of the two nations to answer the call to God and Country in two world wars and they fought, bled and died in every theatre of operation in both those conflicts.
She was there with us during the Korean War and though formally neutral during the Vietnam War, many of her young men and women enlisted in the American armed forces, believing, as so many of us did at the time, that we were stopping the spread of something that would destroy us. She has sent troops to Afghanistan and other places considerably less publicized.
There are many other reasons I like and appreciate Canada but these are the most important. I owe my freedom and the freedom of my nation, to a larger extent than most of us realize, to our northern neighbor.
Thank you, Canada. Happy birthday.
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COME FLY TO ME, MY GRAY-WINGED DOVES,
I would like to share with you this wonderful shot of Dnipro River. When I look at it famous Ukrainian poet Shevchenko verses appear in my mind dedicated to this river.
Thoughts of mine, thoughts of mine,
You are all that is left for me,
Don’t you desert me, too,
In this troubling time.
Come fly to me my gray-winged
From beyond the wide Dnipro
I recently found an interesting old video almost of my age of former Dnipropetrovsk city that is now renamed after Dnipro River.
You could see in the video what was the architectural dream of the Soviet era in many of the older buildings. Now the challenge facing modern builders is how to renovate those old structures. Here is an interesting article on this subject
That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
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