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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Americans construct huge THANK YOU CANADA structure Reply with quote

I'm surprised this didn't make to BT until today. Anyways I couldn't figure out which forum was more appopriate to post this thread.


Civilian dog handlers at a Canadian base in Afghanistan got the idea to lay out a giant maple leaf flag with red and white painted boulders on a hillside

Murray Brewster, Canadian Press

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2007

MA’SUM GHAR, Afghanistan—Taking and holding the area around Ma’sum Ghar last fall cost Canadians the lives of five soldiers and that sacrifice is now etched into this dusty, ragged hillside by—of all people—American and South African dog handlers.

A huge red and white rock mural of the Canadian flag has been carefully laid out on slope leading to a hilltop observation post at this bustling forward base. Running along the bottom of the flag are a series of whitewashed boulders, representing the soldiers who died here.

For Van Thames of AM-K9 Protection, erecting the symbol and the memorial was a way to say thank you to Canadians who have kept him and his team safe and comfortable.

Working on the project in his spare time, Thames had no idea how much the gesture would mean to members of Alpha and Charlie Companies of the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, who have endured months of bitter, desperate fighting with Taliban militants.

“I had one guy that come up and first of all I thought he was mad with me,” Thames said, his long South Carolina drawl, stretching out every syllable.

“He said, ‘I’m pissed. I’m pissed.’ I said, ‘What’s wrong? What I do wrong?’ He said: ‘I’m mad ‘cause it took an American to think about it and do it instead of one of us doing it.”

It was, Thames chuckled, a backhanded way of saying, “thank you.”

The project was started one day about two weeks ago as Alpha Company headed off for a patrol into the grim winter desert moonscape that is Panjwaii and Zhari districts, west of Kandahar, he said.

Thames and his fellow dog handlers, Hollis Crawford and Rogelio Meza, set out to lay down the outline, collect the rocks and paint them. They were soon joined by their two South African colleagues.

The flag was almost complete, with the two red bars on either side of the maple leaf to be painted, when the patrol arrived back early a few days later.

“It’s left people speechless and without words to describe their appreciation,” said Master Warrant Officer Joe Pynn.

“Being away on a mission, coming back off patrol and seeing that, you have no idea what it meant to the boys when they saw that [while] rolling in the gate.”

Although Canadians are not huge flag-wavers, he said, the site of the red maple leaf on hill that has cost so much sweat and precious blood brought tears to the eyes of some of the bone-tired troops.

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very nice
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always good that Americans respect us. Sadly we don't do the same to them.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here here
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I say, too "Thank You, Canada" and "Thank You, Mr. Harper"
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And a big THANK YOU to our friends in Massachusetts, had it not been for your help Halifax would not have been the city it is today; politics aside.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your welcome, many current New Englanders were former Maritimers, including some of my family. i am in the process of tracing my great grandfather to Quebec and my grand mothers side back to the maritimes somewhere. my grandfather always called my grandmother a"bluenose". Is that from nova scotia? Anyway, your gift of an annual christmas tree to Boston is always well appreciated, but then they denigrate the gesture by calling it a friendship tree or some idiocy like that. makes me want tosend it back to canada. they don't deserve christmas, let them celebrat the winter solstice!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nova Scotians are bluenosers, the name Bluenose comes from the great Schooner who happened to beat ever ship from Glouchester, Mass. The Tree is a gift as a result of the 1918 Halifax Explosion. I also have family through my mothers side in Mass who unfortunately I have never met. Never the less I have always considered New Englanders more of my fellow country men then Canadians to the west. Whether you agree with me or not I've always supported the idea of the maritimes becomming the state of Nova Scotia within the borders that existed during the Revolution.
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