You suck, ref     [Nov 11, 2023]

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Remember and forget.

Surfside RV Resort, Parksville BC (2 stars)

A day to remember the sacrifices of our forces since the Great War. A vintage WWII plane flew over Surfside shortly after 11:00 am this morning.

Let's also forget the hockey game. It was a nice run, not having seen a home game loss since the beginning of the 2022-2023 season. Now, while the Gens took a couple of stupid penalties (read Nolan Wyatt with a slew foot double minor and Jacob Thomas with a head contact misconduct) the refereeing was abysmal. It overshadowed a great comeback by the Gens that came up one goal short due to some more uncalled penalties.

Oh well, it's only hockey.

My comments are courtesy the various internet pages that share events that have resulted in Remembrance Day, November 11, in Canada.

Remembrance Day is 11 November every year, the day that World War One ended. It is also known as Armistice Day. Poppies became a symbol of World War I because they have grown around some of the places where battles were fought. This day is the anniversary of the Armistice agreement of 1918 which was signed to end the First World War, a prelude to peace negotiations.

The Armistice agreement was signed between Germany and the Allied Forces in Paris on Monday, 11 November 1918 at 0500 hours. The ceasefire went into effect at 1100 hours the same morning.

In 1931, the federal government of Canada decreed that the newly named Remembrance Day would be observed on 11 November (and then moved Thanksgiving Day to a different date). Remembrance Day would emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers instead of the political and military events leading to victory in the First World War.

Armistice Day or "Remembrance Day" as it has come to be known, originated following the end of the First World War.

For the soldiers who fought for our country, our rights, our freedoms - then and since then, I am eternally grateful.

We ended our day catching the VIJHL hockey game - Kerry Park Islanders in town to play against our Oceanside Generals. Our Gens lost the game 7 - 6. Lots of chatter with the grandparents of player Brady van Herk, who was out of the lineup tonight because of an injury. The only thing I imagine I will remember is the totally lousy job of refereeing I have ever witnessed in my 60+ years of watching hockey games.