Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Pittance of Time

From the website of the song's writer, a Canadian named Terry Kelly:

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.

Thanks to Mom for sending me an email with the video!


j summ said...

that was beautiful! thanks for sharing. the canadians are very respectful of their war veterans, the department of homeland security could learn a lesson or two from them. don cherry, of hockey night in canada is always remembering the vets. something no sports anchor in america does.

Soloman said...

j summ - glad to pass it along.

I'm not that familiar with Don Cherry.. I saw you posted about him.

The American sports anchors who absolutely respect our troops and vets are those who cover NASCAR, especially those on Fox, and any from any network who were drivers. They all get it.

It truly is the all-American sport.

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

Dartmouth is a military town, too. It's across the harbor from Halifax, where my grandmother was born & raised and where she met my grandfather, who was stationed there on a minesweeper in the war.

Halifax Harbor was a huge start point for the convoys headed to Europe across the Atlantic.

There's still a Canadian Forces base there today.

Mom said...

Glad to help out, son.
This tribute was SO fitting for Veteran's Day.
God Bless the military.

Candle said...

Beautiful, extremely powerful, and also well sung. By the way, I don't care if the actor in the video seemed to eventually get it, if I ever see someone do that in my presence I'm going to tap their ass out with a rear naked choke, then perform the hammerfist on them until someone pulls me off...but hey, I have problems.

Soloman said...

Steve - can't say I knew all that about Dartmouth; thanks for the info.

Obviously it's a great place, if your lineage traces there!

Soloman said...

Mom - if you get this...

Yes, it was fitting. You asked to have it passed on, and I did.

You've given me couple of items to post, another I remember specifically was the urine sample for government benefits. That one was very well received too!

Thanks again..

Soloman said...

Candle - I'm not sure I want to know what a rear naked choke is, and having a hammerfist performed sounds pretty rough too.

I'd probably just give them the evil eye until they get the point.

And if you have problems.. you're always welcome here!!

Mikki said...

Beautiful! Thanks for posting it.

The Conservative Lady said...

It was beautiful.
You're right about NASCAR. They always show respect and gratitude to our troops.
Thanks for posting...and thanks Sol's Mom for passing it along.