When I reflect upon the Great Canadian Grid, I am reminded of people who are genuinely loving and caring. From the grid owner Roddie Macchi to his team of caring mentors.
One mentor who comes to mind Tigerkitti Eberdene is one of the core members of the grid who has spent countless hours creating her memorials at Georgetown, in the Aurora region.
Tigerkitti served in the Canadian military and wanted to show respect and appreciation for not only those who serve but also to dear loved ones who have passed.
Since this is May, I thought we should respect the Memorials and Tigerkitti’s region.
Aurora is a 4x4 that takes its theme from Northern Ontario. Seasons are played, and we are now into spring! There are a couple areas severed from Aurora sim. Georgetown Army base, and the town of Georgetown is separated. Here, you can explore the military base and memorials. Head into town where you will
find shops with many free items. Have a rest at Tim Horton's Coffee shop, or by the small lake. Tig's Treasures, First Things, Occasions Formal Store, Beautiful Disaster clothing, Selea Core items, A building store with a few shops available. Reflect in the Church, or remember lost ones at the stones in the cemetery behind. Visit the Arcade and do a bit of gambling. The Dancing Grizzly tavern is available as well. Events happen there, and as well formal ones happen at the Aurora Ballroom. You can grab a vehicle at the garage, or ride the tram around the downtown area. There is a museum on the water to visit and new items coming. If you are looking for a home or store, Tig has some available. Free.
There is an amazing place called The Grey Wolf Lodge on Lake Aurora where you can stay for a visit. Also, campsites, and a trailer park. Opensim fishing right outside the lodge. Trails lead you up into the mountains to lovely spots to visit. As well, they lead you through a beautiful marshy area where you can walk over the water on the docks. Wildlife and nature at their finest. Two smaller islands are separated into Tig and her daughters home. On the one side, there is Satyr farms here too. Part of the trails through the land and up into the mountains. It is such a beautiful hike. Well worth taking the time to follow all the paths. Tig’s RL daughter Funfun61 Gloom created all of this area and it is amazing!
Grey Wolf Lodge. Areas behind the lodge house the trailer park, as well as tent areas ready to go! Tig welcomes visitors to come and stay a while if they wish. Opensim Fishing is on the dock right in front, and many trails and nature areas are there.
Available for events if anyone has a need. The cemetery behind has stones dedicated to some who have passed away in RL who were on the grid.
I asked Tig about the War Memorials,
“Canadian Forces Base Georgetown is the home of the fictional 222 Service Battalion. It is modeled after bases I was stationed on in real life.
Some of the buildings are a mix of styles, but one is built to look exactly like the real-life one. Wolseley Barracks.
The first purpose-built infantry training school erected by the Dominion Government; Wolseley Barracks was built in 1886-1888 to house Company “D” of the Infantry School Corps of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The establishment of a permanent Canadian military force began in 1871 following the withdrawal of regular British troops from Canada in 1871.
This building holds special meaning for me. My Grandfather served in WW1 from the London Ontario army base. My father was brought there after WW2 on the troop trains as this is the base that was chosen for many to be processed out of the military after the end of the war.
I myself spent some time on CFB London as well. Sitting in a classroom inside Wolseley Barracks one day, I noticed names scratched into the desk I was sitting at. It was a surprise to see both my father's and grandfather's names scratched into that desk. Hard to beat that for sentimental reasons to have it included on my virtual army base.
The base does depict very similar to how the military was for me during the 80's as a soldier.
The memorials are the reason that Roddie invited me to join GCG when it first opened years ago. I have created memorials that are still used in SL. Some are on my base, and others have been added.
My RL daughter Funfun61 Gloom created the United Nations Peacekeeping memorial as well as the one that stands in front of Wolseley hall. I am so proud of her insight and creativity. Her late father was a peacekeeper during his time in the military, so I know she put a lot of thought and love into the memorials that she made.
As Canadians remember the men and women who risked their lives in times of war, let us not forget the sacrifices and contributions of millions of war animals.
During the First World War, eight million horses were killed and another 2.5 million were injured transporting soldiers, arms and supplies into battle.
Dogs were four-legged soldiers in their own right, rescuing army personnel and civilians, delivering messages, acting as watchdogs and detecting dangerous gases, explosives and land mines.
Some dogs even parachuted behind enemy lines.
But horses and dogs were not the only animals to serve in the war.
Brave birds and rodents were sent into tunnels to detect poisonous gas; Donkeys, reindeer and elephants were used to carry heavy loads in many campaigns Canadians have been involved in world-wide.
Cats were also put to work, catching rats on ships and carrying messages around their necks in battlefield.
Carrier pigeons were particularly important during wartimes. With a good sense of direction and the ability to fly up to speeds of 100 kilometers an hour, pigeons flew through nasty weather conditions and direct gunfire to deliver important, life-saving messages.
At army camps, animals were kept as pets to boost the morale amongst troops. Cats and dogs offered comfort and companionship during the dark times of war.
Even glowworms and fireflies were used to light maps and messages in the dark without tipping off the enemy.
Between 1943 and 1949, 54 animals, including carrier pigeons, dogs, horses and one cat have been awarded the Dickin Medal, an honour established to recognize animals that have shown “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving…”
After 51 years, the Dickin Medal was revived in 2000 to honour Gander, a Newfoundland dog whose actions saved the lives of Canadian infantrymen during the Battle of Lye Mun in 1941.
Recently, dog named Theo, who served as an arms and explosives search dog in Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded the medal.
So, as you take a moment to reflect on the bravery of men and women who have fought and served in the military to keep our great country free, take a moment to remember all the animals who were so very helpful in attaining that freedom. “
Please take some time and appreciate Georgetown
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