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  •  Thank-you for clarifying. It is good to hear the (0+ / 0-)

    opinions of those who were actually there. And yes, with the benefit of hindsight, we can see things that were not obvious at the time.
    Thanks for contributing to my diary, I appreciate your insights!

    You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

    by Thomasina on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 11:02:24 AM PDT

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    •  I was there alright. (1+ / 0-)
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      The first person killed by FLQ violence was Wilfrid O'Neil, a janitor at the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre on Sherbrooke St., right across from the front Roddick Gates of McGill U. I was a student there at the time.

      http://www.google.ca/...

      The second person they hurt was Sgt.Maj. Walter "Rocky" Leja, an Armed Forces bomb disposal specialist. He was very badly hurt in Westmount one morning, defusing another one of the innumerable bombs he had already neutered in the FLQ mailbox bomb spree, when this one went off and severely maimed him. Shortly after, my mother was on an MTC bus going right by there. He lived until recently for many years at St.-Anne's Veterans Hospital, when he died. He never left the hospitals after that eventful day.

      I was in my 20's, but I have never forgotten.I did not know them.

      "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

      by ontario on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 01:29:34 PM PDT

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      •  Such senseless violence and loss of life. I was 18 (0+ / 0-)

        and living on the Prairies so not impacted in a personal way. Thanks for  sharing the stories of those who were.

        You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranath Tagore

        by Thomasina on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 01:40:04 PM PDT

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