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Old Jul 19, 2007, 11:25 AM   #1
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This is a memorial to Archie Hickling who perished while trying to rescue victims of the Okanagan Hotel fire in 1909. He is buried in a common grave with them in Pleasant Valley Cemetery very close to where I live, I can see the headstone from my front window.

This memorial is in Polson Park.
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Old Jul 19, 2007, 2:04 PM   #2
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Nice shot, wow 1909 almost a hundred yrs ago,, you know it's sad that someone loses their life to save another,, we have been having fires here lately and 3 firefighters have lost their life.
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Old Jul 19, 2007, 5:07 PM   #3
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Hi Toshi! I have always enjoyed the photos of your town, they always convey the feeling of a quiet, friendly nice place to live. It is so sad that someone lost his life while doing such a good and brave deed, It makes me feel good that his memory lives on with this memorial!

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Old Jul 20, 2007, 10:19 AM   #4
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Thank you, Hercules and Bob. It always amazes me how brave and selfless some people can be - I've often wondered how I would react in similar circumstances.

Bob, I'm very happy that you enjoy my pictures of Vernon and the North Okanagan. Unfortunately it's not quite as small, quiet and friendly as it used to be, but I guess that's true everywhere.It's still a great place to live.
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An imagewhose underlying meaningfar exceeds itsphotographic merits, IMO!

I justremembered a saying in my mother tongue which could be expressed as such: Some of us died, some of us gave a speech:!:

Well done,Toshi...These brave and selfless people are the ones who will keep the ideals of humanity alive!
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Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Bahadir. You might find the following image interesting - it was taken from almost the samespot back in 1917. Some of the same trees you see in the old shot are still there.
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Old Jul 20, 2007, 4:17 PM   #7
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toshi43 wrote:
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Some of the same trees you see in the old shot are still there.
Ah! save for the person...thrilling to think that she had been standing right therestaring at us almost a century ago... and the saplings! they have grown intohistorical trees now.

Very good comparison Toshi... good enough to capturesome sensitive souls !
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Old Jul 21, 2007, 1:55 PM   #8
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Thanks again, Bahadir. I think a Biweekly Shootout with a 'Then and Now' theme would go over quite well, but so far the moderators haven't responded favorably to the idea. I've noticed that you've posted similar sentiments.
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Thanks again, Bahadir. I think a Biweekly Shootout with a 'Then and Now' theme would go over quite well, but so far the moderators haven't responded favorably to the idea. I've noticed that you've posted similar sentiments.
You're absolutely right, Toshi! I even proposed a dedicated Now and Then photos forum!

Ah, just imagine such photos coming from all over the worldHow unique it would be...
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