Lest we forget those who perished

Dear editor,

Twice I have visited the Sachsenhausen Memorial in Oranienburg, a stark, sombre reminder of the relentless atrocity of Hitler’s National Socialism. The austere walls, the ‘Arbeit macht frei’ and the eerie calm chill the spirits of visitors in the denuded former concentration camp.

But the lightly wooded area just outside the main gate holds a mute yet mighty testament to valour in the face of evil. A plaque records the names of British (including Canadian) soldiers and sailors who were killed after having been kept in Sachsenhausen—20 men who saw a fearsome foe and stubbornly fought him.

Those heroes’ names are underlined with a biblical text: ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ They showed such love, and we are thankful. They remind us also of him who first spoke those words, who himself gave his life for sinners; and we praise him.

And on the 11th day of the 11th month,​ we remember.

Brendon Johnson,

 

Courtenay

 

 

Just Posted

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

Transitioning back into the world

Courtenay man had been living outdoors before starting Sally Ann program

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

The fair with 1,000 stories

Tibetan carpets, Ugandan bags and scarves from the Peruvian Andes were among… Continue reading

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

The fair with 1,000 stories

Tibetan carpets, Ugandan bags and scarves from the Peruvian Andes were among… Continue reading

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Most Read