Saturday, 30 May 2015

"He Made the Stars Also"

        I have an interest in astronomy, and having a telescope, I love to look outside the sphere of the earth and marvel at the wonderful power and creativity of God.  I also take pictures, and just sent in some of my photos for an astrophotography contest.  I thought I would share what I consider my four favourite with you.

The Moon with the planets Mars(top) and Venus.

An airliner passes through their midst.

An October Star-field.

Campfire light reflects off trees while the stars shine on.
        These pictures only serve to remind me of how great and sovereign our God is.  The little phrase in Genesis 1, "He made the stars also," should make us so thankful for a God, who, while he can make stars with a word, also made us in his image and for His praise and glory.  How could we have any excuse not worship and serve our Creator?

Photographed, Written, and Posted by William A Moore

Friday, 8 May 2015

Recollections of War: VE Day in Pictures

        For this celebration of Victory in Europe Day, I thought I would bring together a selection of photographs taken around the world on VE Day, May 8th 1945, 70 years ago today.  While not completely over yet, the relief felt, thanksgiving offered, and celebrations held to commemorate the ending of a major part of World War II was immense. These are just some of the pictures which bring those feelings to life as we remember those brave men and women of 70 years ago.


Crowds cheer outside Buckingham Palace as the King
and the Royal Family make their appearance.
A young man holds aloft a Union flag amidst the crowds gathered in Whitehall


French civilians march down the Champs-Élysées under the Arc de Triomphe.
A group of military staff reading the news of VE Day at headquarters in Paris


Bay Street, Downtown Toronto, 8th May 1945
Victory Ceremonies at the Military Cenotaph


Huge crowds gather in the streets of New York.
The celebration continues in Times Square.
        And the times of commemoration ought to continue as long as we remember this era of history that should never be forgotten.

Collected and Posted by William A Moore

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Recollections of War: Victory in Europe!

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper of May 8th
        As I continue writing and remembering the major events of World War II, one thing I have been impressed with of late is the need to never forget the important and world-changing series of events between the years 1939 and 1945.  Unfortunately during the end of March I was unable to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Rhine River, and the advance into Germany, nor was I able to comment upon the Ardennes campaign in the winter of 1944-45 - but both those events will, Lord Willing, be posted on my blog on their 75th Anniversary in 2019 - 2020.
        However, Friday of this week is the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, meaning 'Victory in Europe Day', May 8th, 1945.  German forces surrendered on May 5th and war on the European front officially ceased on May 8th.  The war was not yet over - in the Pacific, conflict with Japan still raged - but the Nazi threat in Europe had finally been defeated.  British, Canadian, American, and other Allied forces rejoiced that the conflict which had brought so much destruction and death to the world was over.  
Victory Celebrations in Toronto, Canada

                In some places troops who had been fighting up to the previous day were too exhausted and relieved to do anything other than rest and quietly celebrate victory on the ground they had sacrificed for the previous day.  On the other hand, civilians filled the streets cheering and thanksgiving ceremonies were held in cities and towns from London, England, and Paris, France, to Toronto, Canada, and New York, United States.
        On this 70th Anniversary of VE-Day the celebrations will be no less.  In Britain, a Memorial Service at the Military Cenotaph on May 8th will be followed by a concert on Saturday remembering the events nearly 70 years ago.  While I cannot speak for anyone but myself, I hope that you too will at the very least remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives so we can now live in a time of comparative peace and freedom.

        "I say that in the long years to come not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what [has been] done and they will say "do not despair, do not yield to violence and tyranny, march straightforward and die if need be - unconquered." ~ Winston Churchill

Written and Posted by William A Moore