August’s message will be a bit unusual since I’m writing it somewhat ahead of time and from Caen, France from very near Juno Beach. I’m with a history group, touring the sites of the battlefields of the Canadian Army, all those years, and yet, in some ways, not so very many years ago.
It is impossible to tour these sites without feeling a profound sense of appreciation for the valour and the sacrifice made by the Canadian troops in accomplishing what they did. Unless one is here, and can see the remains of the physical obstacles for oneself, one cannot even begin to imagine what these young men faced and overcame in liberating this part of Europe from tyranny. And I am touched constantly by the sense of gratitude frequently and sincerely expressed by so many of the local population for the brave actions of our countrymen at a time now reaching the edge of living memory.
We can honour the sacrifice these soldiers, sailors and airmen made by living our lives to the fullest, the moreso since so many of their lives were cut so short. As Mensans we must be especially obliged to use well this gift of intellect we have been given. I exhort you all to make the most of every day. Strengthen your acquaintances. Overcome hesitation in making new ones, and enjoy life to its fullest. In this way we can most vibrantly show our appreciation for the gifts of liberty and peace given to us by our countrymen who paid the ultimate price in giving them to us.
Co Locsec Calgary Mensa