November 8, 2012

The Reunion and a Remembrance Day Story

Wow! Another moving and beautifully written novel by Dan Walsh.

This is the story of Vietnam vet, Aaron Miller, who comes back from war broken and lost. Though he is a hero, there is no hero's welcome on his return.

He soon turns to drugs and alcohol to deal with the pain of war and in the process he loses everything.

After years of being lost and alone he finally finds the Lord and turns his life around.

Though the story doesn't go into this part of his life in detail, you can see how it shaped him and how the Lord works to restore him.

This is where the story begins.

Now in his sixties, he lives in a trailer park where he works as a handyman. He lives a simple life but often think of the family he lost so many years ago.

Then he gets an unlikely call that could change everything in his life.

This was definitely a 'keep your Kleenex box near'  book...and let's just say I needed a lot of Kleenex. : )

A Remembrance Day Story

This coming Sunday is Remembrance Day here in Canada. A day we remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms. Canada didn't fight in the Vietnam War but we did fight in World War I and II along side our American and British friends. In honor of those who fought and fight in wars to protect our freedoms and the freedoms of others I thought I'd share this personal story.

This past summer my 20 year old daughter helped out as a councilor at a Christian childrens camp. There she met other kids her age who had come from all over the world to help counsel as well. One weekend she decided to bring a few of them home to show them around. Two were from Brazil, one from New Zealand, one from France and the other from Ontario. They were all wonderful kids with a zeal to serve the Lord.

My husband and I got to talking to the young man from France and he noticed some videos we had on our shelve about planes used in World War II. This led into a conversation about the war.

He then said something that struck both my husband and I. With great sincerity...he thanked us (Canada and the States) for coming to France and defending them. He said 'we really needed you and we thank you.' 

Coming from a 20 year old, this really touched us. We found it so moving to hear a young person express such respect and thankfulness to a generation of men who fought to liberate his country years before he was even born.

Here is a map showing where American, Canadian and British troops came onto the shores of France on D-Day June 6th 1944:

It's wonderful to hear people of all generations remember and honor those who dedicated and dedicate their lives to servicing and securing our freedoms.

On behave of our home, this Remembrance Day, we thank-you too.

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  1. I never realized the lasting impact that the Allies involvement would have even today on people in France. But last year, my husband and I visited France and the sites of the D-Day invasions. The people in that area especially are very grateful to the Allies. It's an amazing place to visit, if you ever get to.

    1. We'd never really thought about it either until this past summer.

      I just kept thinking how wonderful it was that children, half way across the world, were still being taught respect and thankfulness for what our troops did. It was a good feeling. :)

      Thanks for stopping by Christina!

  2. What a great book review - always such great reviews from you Cathy.

    And the heartfelt thank you for the contributions of our soldiers, such a blessing. I'm so glad you shared this post with Reading List's Cozy book hop this week.


    1. Hi Marissa, thanks for your kind words!

      I always enjoy visiting and participating in your book blog hop!


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