"Lest we forget"

A Web Site for the repatriation of the medals of
Commander E.T.Simmons DSO, DSC, RCNVR serving from 1939-1945


"Lest we forget"

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I thought that the best way to organize this section is by date, like a diary so with that in mind I will put links here for each day as I get the time after answering the emails
Nov 8 Nov 10
You hear people say it all the time how humbling it is to be on the receiving end of such a responsive out pouring. Let me just say here and now it can be quite overwhelming for anyone who is on the receiving end. I just want to thank everyone for their comments and their donations to date.

Although some donations have a higher monetary value, all have an equal emotional effect and I am, in that spirit, publishing some here. If you see your comment and wish to have it removed for what ever reason, please let me know.

There will be no personal identifiers, unless of course, you would like one.

Thanks Joe Simmons

Here are some of the comments that I have received on this web site to date.
"I am all too happy to donate $20 to help you bring these medals home. I wish I could afford more. I am a widow of 14 years and the proud Mom of my only son who is posted to HMCS Preserver in Halifax.

He did his training in Esquimalt and I am so proud of all our Canadian Forces. I wish you all the best in obtaining enough money to be able to buy these medals and give them their rightful home here on Canadian soil. God Bless You and your efforts... I am sure your father would be so proud of having his medals back on Canadian soil since they are up for auction."

"Good luck in brining these medals back home. My grandmother and great aunt were killed during WWII by burning fusalage from a plane that was shoot down over her home.

There photographs, story and a portion of the plane are displayed in a local war museum in my mothers home town in Italy. We took our children to visit last summer and they were awed by this connection to history. We want to help bring these medals home so that your families story can be shared in his home."

"I can understand your desire to bring these medals home, where they will be properly regarded. My grandfather was in the RCAF during WWII, and I recall him being incredibly humble about his war medals (no one knew he had them unless they inquired, and even then he was terribly modest).

I also recall him one time discovering that someone's war medals were being sold at a garage sale, and there was little that both saddened and angered him more. I wish you good luck and success in bringing your father's medals home"

"I sincerely hope you raise enough funds to bring these medals back to Canada. Such sacrifices need to be remembered and honoured by future generations." "These items are sacred Canadian memories-get them! Good luck! " "Hi: Glad to hear that you are doing this. There are too many Canadian Medals disappearing from the public view. Good luck and hopefully you get them back."
"I am 24 years old and I still see the importance of this. I will forward the website to everyone I can think of, friends and co-workers. Your father was a true hero and so are you in keeping not only his memory alive but aslo the pride of our military forces alive as well. " "This is an important part of Canada's history and should come home to Victoria" "Best of luck with the auction! I hope you're successful in bringing your father's medals back home to Canada. A public museum is the perfect place for them. "
"Good luck! As a nation we deserve the recognition that great Canadians have earned for our country in war." "This is all i can donate at the time, i wish i could help out more, but this is all i have left in my pay pal account. " "I appreciate you allowing us to help out, Good Luck "
"Congrats on your initiative and good luck in your quest. It would be a shame to have this outstanding memorabilia that so vividly shows the tremendous heroism of a Canadian war veteran not be preserved for Canadians to see and admire in the future" " I would like to donate for the cause to bring this navy hero's medals home to Canada where they belong." "We thank your father and all Canadian Forces members past and present for our freedom. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten and will always be appreciated. Good luck"