Oak Tree Musings

Oak Tree Musings

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Cathy HarrexSurrounded by crisp air and standing under a magnificent Oak Tree, I watched while night became day. As the light filtered through the dying leaves slowly things became clearer. Features on faces emerged, details of our surroundings more obvious. Several of the surviving high rise buildings appeared beyond the park. A father was standing with his arms around his teenage daughter, his son straining on tip toes to see the ceremony unfold before us. Another father, whose curly blond haired young daughter held tightly in his arms, played with the war medals that were pinned to his chest. She also had a war medal attached to her jacket. Presumably belonging to a relative no longer with us.

The back of a uniformed man standing to attention and then saluting during the National Anthem and Last Post. True respect. He turned around, his Royal New Zealand Air Force Uniform now showing as was his face. He looked like he has only just left school. 100 years ago he would have been at war. And probably would have been yet another senseless death, losing his life before he had lived it.

The leaves of the Oak Tree above were no longer mere silhouettes, their brown edges curling before eventually they would fall, leaving the tree barren. But after a passage of time there will be new growth and so the circle of life continues.

I am privileged to be standing under the mighty Oak, with tears in my eyes, witness to humanity coming together in remembrance of fallen heroes. Young men, as the one before me, standing up for something that is far bigger than them, beyond their understanding and for many, too many, the ultimate sacrifice. So that those here today can stand, live and love in peace

Let us not forget.

With wars still raging in our world, let us not forget.

With terror threats more real every day, let us not forget.

Let us learn from past mistakes, let us respect our neighbours and cultural differences, let us live our lives to the full with no fear.

We will not forget.

By | 2016-11-26T18:59:20+00:00 April 25th, 2015|History & Culture|0 Comments

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Danny de Hek

Like most people, I have many passions, goals and dreams. As a self made business professional, my focus is helping my clients, associates and friends, build, strengthen and maintain their success. It would be fair to say I am in the full time business of building relationships and feel my purpose and skill is connecting the right people with the right people.

My professional work tends to dominate my personal life, to the horror of my partner and business mentor. They both fully support me yet give me the hard truths when I need to hear this. I am always investing in my personal development to have a fulfilled work/life balance. I enjoy Target Shooting, Hiking & Mountain Biking to clear the brain and to take the guilt away when indulging at a quirky cafe for a cooked breakfast or brunch.

My passion for travelling has seen me experience the world on many occasions, my next adventure will be doing the Tibet Rail Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Golmud as long as they have Wi-Fi aboard ;-) I have many goals I still wish to achieve but am pretty chuffed that I have accomplished so many of these already.

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