As I was sitting in my classroom this morning, reading the paper and waiting for staff and students to arrive I was interrupted in the middle of an article about new house prices by the sound of a bagpiper as he walked past my classroom playing Amazing Grace. And then I remembered.
Today I remember my father, Gordon Douglas Harrison, Leading Seaman for the Combined Operations in the Second World War. My dad was a changed man after the war but did his best to raise a family of five. And he did a great job in between debilitating bouts of depression and anxiety which saw him spend a number of years in and out of psychiatric hospitals.
I am the wee one being held in my big sister's arms. She is the sister who is also moving to PEI.
I also remember my grandfather Lawrence Fitzroy Catton who fought and was injured in the First World War. I remember my mother's brothers - Fred, Verne and Arthur who were also active in World War II, especially Fred who was cited for exceptional bravery. My uncle Fred stayed at his post sending out morse code messages for troops to retreat while under attack. Although ordered to leave, he refused and helped to save countless lives.
Who are you remembering today?