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November is the month of Remembrance and here in the UK it seems memorial services have an added solemnity.
I am particularly impressed by the Field Of Remembrance Ceremony that takes place outside Westminster Abbey. Rows and rows of tiny crosses with names and, in some cases, faces of people who have fought for us and the freedoms we value are powerful reminders that so many have given everything so we could live in a safer, freer world.
The ceremony at the Cenotaph is a heartfelt tribute and testimony to the lasting nature of the personal sacrifices that were made by families, by communities, and by the people of the Commonwealth.
I remember one Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph in Vancouver in 1988. It was cold and damp, as it often is on the west coast in November. I talked with veterans in wheelchairs, sitting huddled against the cold and you could tell their minds were focussed on their memories of so long before. I think there were still three or four veterans of World War I that day, but most had served in WW II or Korea. As I looked out over that scene, it struck me how much they had given, how little they asked for in return and how little they expected from the next generations who benefitted from their actions. Recognition of their service and sacrifice is really so little to give.
Two years ago, I joined the Prime Minister on a trip to the Netherlands to celebrate the Liberation of Holland in WWII. Canadians were at the forefront of those liberation efforts and the government paid to bring those who could make the journey, and who had actually been there many years before. For the veterans, it was a reunion of sorts. They were pleased to be with one another, to see old friends but also to share their memories and stories. It struck me then how much they protect us from the horrors they went through. Veterans tell us the good of their experiences but often keep the terrible and terrifying to themselves. Last summer the Bomber Command Memorial was unveiled here in London and again Canada assisted a number of veterans in attending. Once again I was struck by what our veterans have kept private to protect those of us who have not had to go to war because they did. It is an ongoing gift.
It is so little we do when, each November, we remember them and all they gave. We remember how young they were, how dedicated, how brave, how selfless and how generous they were to all of us who followed. We thank those who are still with us, we recognize those in this generation who are serving in Afghanistan and those we have lost. We pray for their families and that we all keep the memory of their service alive.
Each of us can say thank you and remember in our own way. They passed a torch. It is ours to hold high.
Everyone is welcome to join us at Green Park across from Buckingham Palace for our Remembrance Day Ceremony, Sunday November 11 at 1:45 p.m.
We will remember them!
– Gordon Campbell
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This month we are able to give away a number of tickets to Canada Plus readers to see Margaret Atwood at Canada House on November 28th. Just send us an email telling us why Canadian Literature matters. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Margaret Atwood.
Congratulations to Laura Richard, whose recipe for Herb and Garlic Turkey with Nana’s Stuffing was selected by the High Commissioner and chef Gavin as the most mouth-watering of the many delicious Thanksgiving entries. We look forward to welcoming Laura and her friends to the Official Residence for dinner.
Are you interested in working at the High Commission in London? There will be vacancies in the coming months, so keep checking our job opportunities page.
We would like to engage with Canadian companies in the UK. If you are looking for assistance in identifying UK contacts, receiving introductions, trouble-shooting and other services, the High Commission can help. We have specialized Trade Commissioners for Information and Communications Technology, Infrastructure, Greenbuild, Aerospace and Defense/Security, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Environmental Services, Energy/Renewables, Agriculture and Agri-food, and Ocean Technologies. The High Commission also offers services to UK companies, including assistance in matching products, services or technology needs to appropriate Canadian sources, and advice on expanding into Canada. Over the upcoming months the High Commission is involved in organizing or will have a presence at the following events:
For more information, contact Jennifer Daubeny.
UK Trade and Investment together with the London Chamber of Commerce are hosting an event for UK companies wanting to learn more about doing business in Canada. UKTI Connect with Canada.
Canadian companies and their partners in the UK can meet Canadian Trade Commissioners from the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in London. The Nordic Springboard is an opportunity to find out about developing your business in each of these countries.
Nov 11 – Canada Memorial, Green Park, London
A special service to honour Canadian veterans and their comrades will be held at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 1:45 pm on Remembrance Sunday. It will be attended by the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel, veterans and their families and is open to the public. Canadian poppies are available at Canada House and Macdonald House for a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion.
Nov 1 – Jan 6, Canada House, London
Our congratulations to British photographer Jo Longhurst, who has just been announced as the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize. She was chosen by the thousands of people in Canada and the UK who voted online or in Canada House. Come see the winning photographs, alongside the work of the other photographers short-listed for the competition. The Canada House gallery is open Mon – Fri 12:00 – 17:45, with a late opening until 20:00 on Thursdays.
For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.
In each issue of Canada Plus, Consular Corner will address a question posed by you.
A Canadian in London has started up a company importing Indian Candy to the UK direct from the West Coast. The intense, sweetened smoked salmon is available to order online, and is gaining popularity as a tapas-style snack served with sparkling wine.
Visit canadianindiancandy.co.uk or call Trisha on 07767672653 for next-day delivery within central London
Canada’s general-interest magazine is now available electronically in the UK. You can download the free app from the Apple iStore.
The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group meets at least twice monthly and hold special events through the year. Join them for monthly Monday wing nights from 6 - 8 pm at the Maple Leaf pub; please RSVP to the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group to reserve a seat.
The Canadian Embassy in France and the province of New Brunswick are holding an Information Session for French-speakers in the UK who have questions about temporary or permanently moving to Canada.