Lest We Forget - The Veteran on the Canadian Ten Dollar Bill - 11.11.11

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Real Estate Agent with Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Ever look at your currency and wonder about the story etched on each bill  and what it represents?.......How many of us even look at our bills that carefully?  Probably not many - unless we're thinking its a counterfeit $50!  Well If you look at the back of a Canadian $10 bill, you will see an old veteran standing at attention near the National War Memorial in Ottawa

 

                                                    THE VETERAN ON OUR TEN DOLLAR BILL

                                                                                     11.11.11.

 

         

 

 

His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90.

Its rather remarkable that he managed to live to such a ripe old age, given all the things that happened to him in the Second World War. Born in England, he was one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg. He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel. En route to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire. Evacuated from Dunkirk in HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.

When he recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy . En route his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck. In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel.

While in the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital. After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the warden (chairman) of the county.  On his retirement Robert Metcalfe and his wife moved to Ottawa.

With a colourful history and a wealth of amazing stories, Metcalfe at the age of 80  wrote a memoire about his war experiences...."No Time For Dreams A Soldier's 6-Year Journey Through WWII".

 

                              

 

Then one day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him...and although his daughter said that he had no idea he'd be on the Bill.......its thought that somebody probably enjoyed his book!

Actually it might not be a bad history lesson to learn the story behind the images on all our currency!

 

                                                            

So this Remembrance day when you're holding on to a $10 bill......say a prayer of thanks for the Saving Grace so many have given us - by laying down their lives... 

SOURCE: Ex Air Gunner's (Short Bursts) - September 2005 issue.

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If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling property in Chilliwack or the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. -Please give Liz Moras, Associate Broker & REALTOR® a call! Call Liz at 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@shaw.ca. Be sure to check out Liz's website www.lizmoras.com and blog at http://lizmoras.activerain.com.  

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Rainmaker
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Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Leesa - Our Remembrance day is Your Veteran's Day - those poppies are such a poignant reminder......now this 10 dollar bill will have more significance!

November 08, 2008 11:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Chuck - I remember that story you wrote about your Dad...maybe you should update and repost it for Veteran's Day?  It was incredibly moving!

November 08, 2008 11:40 AM
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Steve Shatsky
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Hi Liz... What a WONDERFUL and inspiring story.  I never would have known that the picture on the bill was based on an actual person, let alone one with such a rich story to share!  Thanks so much for giving us all something to think about.

November 08, 2008 03:17 PM
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Sylvie Conde
Broker, Toronto Real Estate
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Liz, thanks for the History lesson.  I had no idea. 
I believe I'll remember our veterans more often now ... every time I spend money.

November 08, 2008 04:48 PM
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Kathy Clulow
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 Thank you to all those who put themselves in harms way to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.

Liz - There is so much in life we take for granted we see it but really never see it how often we look at the money in our hands but never really look at it and wonder. Thank you for noticing ... thank you for remembering and thank you for the history lesson.

November 08, 2008 06:34 PM
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Liz Moras
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Steve.....I don't think any of us even think of whats on those bills -just the fact that we don't have enough of them! :-) Although I'll be more conscious of my tens from now on!

November 08, 2008 08:12 PM
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Sylvie - hmmm i don't think i use cash enough but I'll be a lot more curious - and my Debit card just says Coast Capital! :-) But that aside...its a very neat story and a terrific way of acknowledging a veteran!

November 08, 2008 08:15 PM
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Liz Moras
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Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Kathy -I'd like to say "I" noticed............but really I read about it, researched a bit, checked it out and wrote about it...:-) But it is true a about how 'unconscious' we are about so many things...

November 08, 2008 08:16 PM
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Maria Morton
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Liz, thank you so much for the history. Robert Metcalfe's life is truly inspirational.

November 09, 2008 12:46 AM
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Liz Moras
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Maria - it is an inspirational story isn't it? :-)

November 10, 2008 12:27 PM
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Steven L. Smith
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Nice post Liz. I am sure it is appreciated by many.

November 12, 2008 08:38 PM
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Liz Moras
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Hey thanks Steven....its an interesting and appealing story..;-)

November 12, 2008 09:23 PM
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I wish we honored veterans in ways like that. Our country seems to be going in the opposite direction and I'm guessing with in the next 15-20 year veterans day here in American will be but a distant memory.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

November 13, 2008 11:48 AM
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Liz Moras
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Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Todd -hmm interesting and yet the US is such a patriotic country with such a strong sense of nationionalism....I can't imagine Veterans' Day ever disappearing.........Its not just enough to honor them though is it?   They need a tremendous amount of support when they come back home......and I don't know if they can ever be compensated enough for what they did - they should not only be honored but have absolutely every means available be made to them for support/resources when they get back....

November 13, 2008 11:52 AM
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Angela Reeves
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That was an eye opener - I'll pay more attention next time I have actual paper money in my possession, which is rare these days!

November 13, 2008 12:40 PM
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Angela Reeves
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PS - what's with the Cranberries Naturally background on your page?  Are you a friend of Jasmine's?

November 13, 2008 12:41 PM
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Liz Moras
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Angela - I know what you mean!  Actually Jasmine used to be a neighbour of mine....but no.......other then that I love Cranberries........its a local business.........and it ads an autumn flavor to my blog...:-)

November 13, 2008 05:44 PM
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Chastity Guevara
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Liz - Wow...that's a great history lesson.  I don't think I have ever looked at our currency here in the states.  I'll have to do that sometime.

November 15, 2008 10:43 PM
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Liz Moras
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Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Chastity - I don't think any of us hold on to it long enough to notice much on those bills..:-)

November 17, 2008 03:11 AM
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Thank you for researching this part of our history. My Grandfather served in WWII and never really spoke of what it was like although we all knew that he suffered to the day that he passed from going into war. Now, my Brother has recently returned from Afghanistan and he also does not like to speak about what has happened although he is a very different person than when he left.

Even with the history in my family, I have never taken the time to research the information as alot of others also have not. Now that we live in a plastic society, few people will ever see these pictures. What a shame!

November 26, 2008 12:49 PM
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