Today I went to the send off ceremony at the War Museum for the Ottawa contingent that is going to Nijmegen. I had on a suit. The rest of the marchers were there in their uniforms and combat boots. The weird thing was that I found myself staring at the well worn boots and being able to identify the manufacturers: Swat, Magnum, Rocky, Bates, etc., etc. Never thought I’d have that skill. The ceremony made it all feel very real. I guess I’m really going to go.