WWII: Vintage Granville Street Photographs

Today is a day for remembering…

This is my grandfather and my Dad.

Granddad & Dad - Granville St Photos

I love this photograph – I always have.

Do you remember the candid photographs taken on Granville Street in Vancouver? This photo is one of ‘them’. I’m so grateful for this commercial offering, because if it didn’t exist then this photograph would not exist now. And as the grand-daughter of a veteran I would never have had this glimpse into a moment from that time.

Here my grandfather was returning home from WWII. He was stationed in Holland during the War, and to see him in uniform and my Dad so young forces me to reflect.

Today is a day I never forget. Today is a day I honour with pride. Today is the day… L’est we forget.

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Poppies Stretching to the Sky… Let Us Remember

Ursula Rettich Acrylic on Canvas Poppy - Sea to Canvas


On this day…

We remember.

We pay tribute,

And hold solemnly,

Those who gave their lives…

For our country.

For our freedom.

For us.


Let us remember those who rest…

Those who lay down,

And were lost but never lain to rest.

Let us remember.


And let us imagine Flanders Fields

Look up to the sky,

From the ground beneath the poppies,

Row on row.

Let us remember.


Ursula Rettich  Photograph - Sea to Canvas


And just as this poppy stands tall, alive and free,

Reaching to the sky…

Our fallen heroes were reaching, too.

In honour of their courage,

Let us remember.


Ursula Rettich Acrylic on Canvas Poppy - Sea to Canvas


And let us remember…

That once-tall poppy standing alive and free,

Reaching to the sky,

Now suspended in time,

Forever freed.

Let us remember.


Lest we forget.



Credits: Photo and abstract art, ‘Self-Seeding Poppy‘ by Ursula Rettich, Sea to Canvas