||November 20, 2009
Remembrance Day and Restoration
I have attended many Remembrance Days over the years and
with November 11 (The day I wrote this) such a beautiful day I decided to head
to Powassan to attend their event. The Globe & Mail noted the same day that
“Remembrance Day is growing like poppies” and “A moment of silence has become 2
minutes and a commemorative day becomes a week . As more veterans die and more
soldiers’ bodies return Canadians have a growing interest in Remembrance Day.”
||Chisholm Township Mayor Barb Groves, one of
many guests, presenting wreaths at the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Powassan,
November 11, 2009.-D. Mackey photo
My first reaction when I got to Powassan ,beside the fact
that it was a perfect day weather-wise, was that the park on the corner of
Memorial Park Drive and Main St. was crowded with many children in the audience.
I was moved by the old veterans, the speakers, the prayers, the music, the
laying of wreaths etc. The event was well organized and went like clockwork.
I am sure similar events took place in communities across Canada. It is an hour
of deep thought , respect and compassion for those who fought for us.
The OPP stopped traffic and people watched in the Park and from across the
street – no one moved – except the guy from Community Voices who was taking
pictures. I hope you took a moment to remember those who fought for us and those
who fight for us now.
I wrote about the preservation of significant buildings
recently as a part of our heritage. Many of the buildings have long histories
but some, at a personal level are equally important even if not having as long a
history. At a personal level one of the memorable events in my family life took
place 37 years ago in the spring, summer and fall of 1972 – 37 years ago.
Family heritage project by Doug Mackey summer summer of 2009 with photo
of original building.-D. Mackey photos
I decided to build a log cabin on some recreational property I had in
Chisholm Township with two of my teenage sons (Paul 17 and Eric 14). Paul was
studying architectural drafting at Central Technical School in Toronto and
designed a two story building 25’ x 25’.
We gathered a half dozen additional teenagers and drove for 36 weekends in a row
from Toronto to the building project. We got it done by working 10 hours a day
except we had to put a tarp on the roof and finish the roof next spring along
with the fireplace. It was built Scandanavian style with fitted joints. We cut,
stripped & placed over 100 logs from the nearby bush.
We became a remarkable team and it was an experience of a lifetime. In 1983 when
my mother died she left a small legacy that allowed the addition of a kitchen
and hydro. The family used it regularly until about 7 years ago when for various
reasons it was neglected and fell into disrepair. The bush had encroached and
the roof leaked etc.
Over the past 3 years I have worked on restoring the building and cleaning up
the lot so we can see the huge beaver pond from the house. The photos give an
idea of the restoration which I know will be used by our children and
grandchildren in the years ahead.
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