The Oldsmobile Northern Lights Chapter is
a car club dedicated to all Oldsmobiles 1897 to present. Ownership
of an Oldsmobile is not compulsory.
In actuality, Hitler did not wish to harm the great monument.
It was not because he admired the great
accomplishment of the Canadians, but rather that this was not a monument to war , it was a monument to peace and
why war should always be avoided. There are no guns or war
time images carved, there are no images of combating soldiers
or anything of that nature. Rather, the images carved at
Vimy Ridge are grieving images for those lost in those days.
This was the first war monument of its kind. It didn’t
glorify war. It didn’t brag about our victories. It
didn’t show a victorious soldier with his boot on a
German throat, or a dead German and a victorious standing
above him. It hoped for a day when enemies may one day be
allies. There was no need for insults or chest pounding.
It was a first. The Vimy memorial stands there today, ready
for this month’s ceremonies from a grateful nation,
100 years later. But the Vimy memorial is there at all only
because of its forward thinking design, which was enough
to influence its most infamous fan, Adolf Hitler.
PERSONALIZED TIRES – HOW TO ORDER?
Poisson d'Avril is not a town in Québec.
Translated into English the words literally mean “April
Fish”. One example of its use would be, kids in Québec
(French or English-speaking) would yell “poisson”(poo-aw
so) (fish) to any batter in baseball who swung and missed
at a bad pitch. If you go “fishing” , you might
just catch one. The tire article on page 2 was was doing
just that, fishing. It’s April Fool’s Day after
all. ? Hope I didn’t get your hopes up.
ROCKET ROUND UP XXIV
Well the registrations are coming three months before the
show. Remember, the earlier you sign up, the earlier you
get to pick your door prize. Should we even call it a door
prize since everyone is guaranteed to get one? Either way,
get your registrations in. Looking forward to seeing you
officially Spring. Pretty soon we’ll be getting our
Oldsmobiles out on the road. You have your 2017 Roster however here are a few corrections that I missed, sorry. Please make
the following changes.
Section II Contact Info:
Brent Nagy email brentNxxx@xxxxxxx.xx /
Dan Valois add 1980 Cutlass 442 W30
Section III Cars by Year:
Ted Branton’s car:
Delta 88 Royale.
ALAN SCHAUFELE – It
is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Alan
Schaufele. Allen was one of the first 100 members of this
joining us in 1994 taking membership 0096. His son Darryll
took membership 0097. The two of them were always together
at the Rocket Round with their 1970 Cutlass Supremes until
Alan brought a 1974 Hurst/Olds back to its glory a few years
ago. Alan was a friendly, decent fellow and he will be missed
by the many members who knew him. On behalf of the club and
myself, I sincerely pass on our condolences to his wife Maxine,
son Darryll, and to the rest of the Schaufele family
VIMY RIDGE: The battle and the Monument (And possibly
something you didn’t know)
100 year ago this month, Canadian troops were ordered
to seize Vimy Ridge. Situated in northern France, the heavily
fortified seven-kilometre ridge held a commanding view over
the Allied lines. The Canadians would be assaulting over an
open graveyard since previous French attacks had failed with
over 100,000 casualties. Attacking together for the first time,
the four Canadian divisions stormed the ridge at 5:30am on
9 April 1917. More than 15,000 Canadian infantry overran the
Germans all along the front. Incredible bravery and discipline
allowed the infantry to continue moving forward under heavy
fire, even when their officers were killed. There were countless
acts of sacrifice as Canadians single-handedly charged machine-gun
nests or forced the surrender of Germans in protective dugouts.
Hill 145, the highest and most important feature of the Ridge,
and where the Vimy monument now stands, was captured in a frontal
bayonet charge against machine-gun positions. Three more days
of costly battle delivered final victory.
The Canadian operation was an important success, even if the
larger British and French offensive, of which it had been a
part, had failed. But it was victory at a heavy cost: 3,598
Canadians were killed and another 7,000 wounded. Remember those
boys this month who in age only, never were able to become
Vimy became a symbol for the sacrifice of our young country.
In 1922, the French government ceded to Canada in perpetuity
Vimy Ridge, and the land surrounding it. The gleaming white
marble and haunting sculptures of the Vimy Memorial, unveiled
in 1936, stand as a terrible and poignant reminder of the 11,285
Canadian soldiers killed in France who have no known graves.
Interesting enough, the Vimy monument was protected by the
Waffen SS. While the Germans destroyed French, American, British
monuments the Vimy monument survived. When Hitler's armies
were advancing across France in 1940, the
Canadian government put out a story that
German troops were damaging the memorial at Vimy Ridge. Walter
Allward's soaring monument had been unveiled only a short time before
in 1936, the only official ceremony (except
for abdication) in the short reign of Edward VIII. A
popular postage stamp was widely in circulation, so Canadians
thoroughly familiar with Vimy Ridge, and they
were outraged. There was someone else who
was outraged y this story: his name was Adolf Hitler.