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We are quite often asked if we operate a Wood DNA database, to which the answer is No, it would need professional management.However, we have recently been given the option to link up with such a project that would remain independent of the Clan Wood Society financially and in all other respects. Before we take any action, the Council would like to know what interest there might be among our members in taking part.You can respond without identifying yourself. We are just trying to get some idea of the level of potential interest.
From Nick Wood (Secretary)One of our Canadian colleagues has just sent in the following, asking me to circulate it to our Society members. I do so with pleasure. I am a huge admirer of his great and beautiful country.* * *From J WoodA British newspaper salutes England to put it into words... . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in Sunday Telegraph Article From today's UK wires:
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday Telegraph' , LONDON:
Until the deaths of
, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.
And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the
For much of the , Canada was torn in two different directions: it seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.
Yet its surely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of in two global conflicts. Almost 10% of Canada's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British'.
provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.
Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.
Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and have in the popular perception become American, and , British.
It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.
Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces.
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.
Lest we forget.
Please pass this on to any of your friends or relatives who served in the or anyone who is proud to be Canadian; it is a wonderful tribute to those who choose to serve their country and the world in our quiet Canadian way.
* * *From Wayne WoodI don't know how to reply to the person that wrote this.But I wish I could.
I, like many millions of Americans, appreciate Canada today as well as in the past. Both for its proud citizens, soldiers and sailors and their great sacrifices. Unfortunately they should be mildly happy that they are under the radar in today's battles against Terrorism. The US's contributions seem to be only creating such a vast hatred that we are in danger and will be for a long time. We in the US even come under ridicule from the French for sending an aircraft carrier to help flood/tidal wave victims around the world. (They forget the over 100,000 soldiers buried on their soil so they aren't speaking German today) We had to explain that an aircraft carrier had 5000 men to help, a complete hospital, enough food to feed a small city for a month, clean water making ability to supply a small city, many helicopters to aid victims. So we understand Canada's problems. I truly wish we Americans had the distinction of having a visibility problem.But mainly once again from all good Americans, Thank you.* * *From Steve WoodI would assure this Lady/Gentleman, that while the average American citizen may not be aware of Canada's involvement in wars that the U.S. has involved itself in, they don't really understand the involvement of their own country either. The high profile nature of the U.S. has brought it nothing but general disdain in many countries, and experiences like September 11 2001. I can also assure him that there are many American citizens who know of and appreciate Canada's undying dedication to the freedom of the North American Continent, her friendship with the U.S., and the sacrifices of her sons and daughters to this end. - Steve.* * *From Nick WoodIn the Netherlands town of Bergen op Zoom (major employer, Philip Morris) is a Canadian Cemetery where thousands of that country's nationals who led the Allied invasion assault along that sector of the Front lie buried. There is no doubt whom the local population thank most for their liberation from Nazi enslavement. The measure of any civilisation today is how well its minorities are regarded and its needy are cared for, and Canada consistently passes that acid test with flying colours! Nick.
Let's take the opportunity to introduce ourselves here on this thread. - Steve :)
The members of the Society's Council would like to read your comments in this thread about what types of programs you would like to see the Society pursue. - Steve :)
Members may post any comments, questions etc. they like on this thread, as long as they are suitable for all eyes that is. Tutus in undis. :) - Steve ( Moderator )