Odds and ends

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Iceland, Then and Now

For several years I have comtemplated revisiting Iceland, where I served during the war. The pictures indicate the changes that have occurred over the past 63 years.

This the cemetery where nine of my squadron mates are buried. All the graves in this plot are of casualties of British Commonwealth nations, including Canada. Several crew members of HMCS Skeena died while their ship was working out of Reykjavik. It is tended for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

This is the same spot in December, 1944. Notice the lack of trees at that time. I marched in that parade. It was a very blustery day, as indicated by the snow covered uniforms of the honour guard.


Traveling Man said...

I have much trouble positioning images when composing a blog, otherwise I would include several more. They will come later. I spent two hours just getting this one presentable.

Traveling Man said...

More pictures posted on facebook

NanNan said...

Wow--the contrast is amazing, but both pictures remind us of the value of lives and how important it is to remember--- their lives mattered-

Tuffysmom said...

Time to start blogging again..I did one already. It's way more fun than Facebook.