This Remembrance Day in particular, I’m mindful of these men.
These are The Dumbells. They were a comedy troupe consisting of Canadian soldiers during the First World War. Them, The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Comedy Company, and as many as 30 other such troupes performed in France to entertain their fellow troops, and to help boost morale.
It got me thinking that throughout history, there are always people who feel a call to lighten the darkness others experience during difficult times.
They’re out there now too, throughout this crazy pandemic. Trying to make us laugh. Taking our minds off the rising numbers and harsh news, if only for a moment.
Understanding what we’re all going through, and expressing it in such a way as to allow us to carry on a little further.
I strive to honour that particular calling. And today, I commemorate these giants who did under truly extreme circumstances.