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Remembering a War Hero

Remembering a War Hero
Remembering a War Hero

Hi, Folks,

It’s me, Indy—Tracy’s fur baby.

Today is a very important day. It’s my 6th birthday. Hahowl!

My mum reminded me it’s Remembrance Day too.

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My mum patted the sofa. I jumped up.

Pages rustled in the legacy book she wrote about our family.

My ears stood at attention.

When the pages stopped turning, I snuggled under my blanket, eager to hear more about my maternal great-grandfather—a war hero.

INDY

I hope you’ll follow along too. Mum’s story is not very long. 

A Man of Courage

Indy, even though I never met my grandfather whenever I hear stories about his life he comes alive in my heart.

Did you know it’s been ninety-eight years since my grandfather fought in the Finnish Civil War of 1918?

Here’s my grandfather’s army photo. He was only nineteen-years-old in this photo.

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My grandfather – Eero Kohtala – 1918

My grandmother (Nana) wrote a note on the back of the photo. It says, “Vapaus Larar. V. 1918.” Translation, “The Freedom of Larar. Victory. 1918”.

Indy, you may use my laptop later if you’re interested in learning about this war. Just click on the two links–>Civil War of 1918 and The Finnish Class War 1918.

Commemorative Medal

My grandfather was presented with a liberation commemorative medal along with a certificate from the commander-in-chief, Kustaa Mannerheim, who later became the 6th President of Finland?

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Open your eyes, Indy. I’m almost finished.

The certificate says,

“On behalf of the Finnish government and the joint armed forces, I, Kustaa Mannerheim, commander-in-chief, present this liberation commemorative medal to Eero Kohtala in recognition of his participation and dedication in the liberation of his homeland.

May this medal always remind the participants of the liberation war of their accomplishments. Be it always proof to the participants and later generations how the Finnish nation rose as a united front to defend their nation and freedom.

Be it a reminder of the efforts of the white army’s strong defense of Tampere and Viipuri, of their efforts and suffering and hardships they endured to push the enemy back with pride in memory of the enormous tasks undertaken and the right to do so as set out in this declaration.”

Indy, stop yawning. I’ve finished my story.

Folks, thanks for reading about my great-grandfather, Eero Kohtala. 

Our family remembers his sacrifice.

We also remember the greatest sacrifice, Jesus Christ, who gave up his life to save us all.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

At 11:11 a.m., Mum and I will also remember the men, women, and the service dogs who sacrificed their lives for us.

Always Remembering,

Indy

The cross and poppy photo are courtesy of Pixabay. CC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use.

Three Reasons to Celebrate November 11th

Three Reasons to Celebrate November 11th

Hi folks! Indy here.

INDY

Today is my second birthday. That’s the first reason everyone should celebrate. Not only was I born on November 11, I was also born in 2011. Yahowl!

My first day in my new home. I'm eight-weeks-old.

My first day in my new home. I’m eight-weeks-old.

Isn’t that the cutest fur baby you’ve ever laid eyes on?

But the most important reason we should celebrate today is because it’s Remembrance DayYahowl! That’s a big howling thank you to Canadian veterans and to all Canadian military persons who still serve to protect and defend our great country. Continue reading “Three Reasons to Celebrate November 11th” »