Last November, on Remembrance Day, our family gathered at Circular Quay on a breezy evening.
Not to take in the view, which was of course splendid…
But to see a banner of red poppies unfurl over the sails of the Opera House.
This was the work of my father-in-law, P, a former member of the Royal Navy and local RSL member.
He wanted to raise awareness of Remembrance Day, and the cause of current and past military personnel from all conflicts outside of Anzac Day.
Given that our more recent veterans come back with all sorts of physical and mental stresses and frequently face a lack of support, it’s a worthwhile cause to champion.
We’re on the final leg of our journey northbound through Europe. We’ve left coastal Oulu with Hubby’s friend W, and made our way north through more woodland, to Lapland.
On the way, we crossed many rivers. Not many signs of human habitation here, just the odd farmstead or country home like this one.
We visited a historical cabin deep in the woods. It was the hideout for the Finnish resistance fighters during World War I. There were eight men living rough in all weathers, trapping their food, while fighting against the Russians. The men must have been super tough to get through it all.
We visited a little country Lutheran church, where W’s parents got married in the 50’s.
This WWII memorial was very touching. Goes to show that people everywhere were touched by that conflict.