Sunday, October 1, 2017

Very Sad Day

I wasn't quite sure how to write this post, but it truly comes from the heart.  Last night an evil act of terrorism directly affected my family and this is how I feel about it.  My oldest stepson is 25 and in the military.  Last night an act of terrorism happened in Edmonton at a football game.  My stepson was at that game.  Why?  Because it was military appreciation night. So my stepson, who is not a football fan at all was there in full uniform - a bit of a target of you will.  Was it fate or was it planned that way?  Unfortunately, an innocent RCMP officer and some happy go lucky people out for a Saturday night were the recipients of an evil insane act of terrorism. The part that most of the media left out was that it was Military Appreciation night....I wonder why that part was missing from almost every news story.


My stepson left early as only did his duty and left the game.  He saw nothing.  It truly hits home though, terrorism is everywhere.  He shrugs it off, maybe because he is in the military and wants to become a cop, simply can handle it better than we do. We texted every kid this morning as soon as we had heard as all live in Edmonton and are young adults.  Our youngest, an avid football fan knew nothing of the act, was at a friends last night.  All replied and the last was my stepson in the military. That was when we found out he was at the game when the terrorist attack happened right outside the stadium. Least likely to be at a football game because he hates sports but only there because of military appreciation night.

Let me just say this.  Terrorism sucks.  But it is not a muslim thing, it is a psycho thing.  Terrorism brings out the absolute worst in all people.  I have many many muslim friends and every single one cannot understand the evil that would drive someone to do this.  Even worse, now my muslim friends must look over their shoulders when they grocery shop or go to the mall as those with retribution on the mind think they have just cause.

It is a very sad day indeed for Canada, a mostly safe peaceful country.

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  1. Terrorism does indeed suck. I am glad your stepson is safe, but so sorry for the others who were not so lucky.

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    1. I woke up thankful today and blessed that my entire family is ok, unlike so many in Las Vegas this morning

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  2. I am so sorry you have been hurt by this. I just don't understand why we have to endure this kind of hatred. My prayers are with you.

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    1. I don't understand it either, never have people in the world behaved so terribly. What is happening?

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    1. Everything will be ok, just very scary when so close to home

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  4. I'm so sorry that happened. Were any people hurt? The world is not a peaceful place anymore and sometimes I wonder if it will ever be. We have to be alert everywhere we go and especially in places where there are a lot of people. So glad your stepson is okay. <3

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    1. Fortunately no one killed but the police officer was first hit by a car then stabbed. He apparently only had superficial stab wounds and will be ok though. Then 5 people walking down the street were run over, some broken bones, skull fracture and brain bleed but apparently all those people are likely to be ok, no one in critical condition any longer.

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  5. It is a sad day indeed for Canada. Evil stay away you are not wanted here.��������������������

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    1. Exactly, although I am ever so glad we have gun control. It could have been so much worse

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  6. I'm so very sorry to hear that, but so grateful your son is okay. There was a tragic & senseless violent act in Las Vegas last night, at a place I know well. It really breaks your heart. :-(

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    1. I've been to vegas many times, actually met my husband there through friends, I am so sad for the entire world as those poor people were just enjoying an outdoor concert and most of them were on holiday. So bloody horrible

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  7. I've been reading about the attack but like you say did not know it was Military Appreciation day. What a relief to know that all your kids are safe!!! But what a horrible act - we're not used to things like that happening here and I hope to God we never get used to it! Sending you hugs Tammy!

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    1. It was very strange like they asked the media not to share that bit, I feel like the Canadian military should know better than to tell its soldiers to gather like that at a non-military function, really a gigantic target. I slept little and was feeling better about things until I opened facebook and saw what happened in Vegas...feel like crawling under a rock now.

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  8. Thanks for this missing piece of info. It is sad for Canada and once again sad for the U.S. with the killings in Las Vegas. I pray for an end to all this needless bloodshed.

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    1. Very sad for Vegas today, a shock. What happened in Edmonton pales in comparison, so grateful that my family was unharmed

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  9. Horrific for Edmonton. Shameful that the news never mentioned the Military Appreciation night. So glad that your stepson left early.

    Reality is both painful and emotional. Sadly the world as we knew it continues to change.

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    1. Very oddly the attack happened right during the game...when they let people out no one really knew what had happened and they rerouted traffic to avoid where the officer was attacked. The second attack plowing into the crowd was 4 hours later during the manhunt. The RCMP cannot have any blame, the person intended to maim and kill and nothing was to stop him, fortunately they did and no one was actually killed

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  10. Today there is mourning in the US and deep sorrow for Canada. I an not thinkimg clearly today and my mind is so distracted. I am thankful for your son's well being and that no one was killed as not so in Las Vegas. Again, a target against young people trying to live the good sides of life.

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    1. So awful what happened in Vegas. After opening Facebook I asked my husband "what is happening in the world right now!"

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  11. Truly heartbreaking and horrifying. I was relieved to read that your stepson wasn't hurt.

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  12. We worked an 18 hour day on Sunday so I didn't hear about this. I'm glad that nobody was killed or suffered life changing injuries.
    Growing up in the UK and particularly with Birmingham being our closest city we've grown up with the threat of terrorism from the IRA. I'll never forget walking past the smouldering ruin that was The Mulberry Bush, days after it was bombed.
    Las Vegas has overshadowed everything today. xxx

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    1. Nobody was killed but two are in hospital with skull fractures/brain bleeds but are supposed to be ok. The officer that was struck by a car then stabbed in the head however unlikely has already been released from hospital. They make our Canadian cops pretty tough!

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  13. I don't think any of us can truly feel safe any longer. To be honest, I fear home grown terrorists more than those who come from afar. There has always been evil in this world but today it is there in front of us on every television screen and on social media.

    Thank goodness your stepson and family members were safe. It's truly sad to think of those who lost family members in Vegas. It's pretty that gun controls do save lives when compares the incidents in Edmonton and Vegas.

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  14. ((((((HUGS))))) and I am so glad that you son is ok. There is so much evil in the world today. I don't understand why someone would target innocent people that they don't even know.

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    1. Thank you. It is all so hard to understand

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  15. The kind of terrorism we are seeing is life's losers being manipulated into thinking they are life's winners and probably drugged up in order to carry it out. I'm glad your step son is ok. Anna

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  16. I don't understand why the media left out the "Military Appreciation Day" part. I didn't know that till I come to your blog. IMay be media has strict warning from the government not to mention about military appreciation day. Hope, you are handling your stress very well.
    Is there anything we as Canadians can do to avoid this type of incidents?

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