by Tigerkitti Eberdene
How many of us has heard the question "what brought you to GCG?"
Well I have had that asked of me a few times. I am going to share with you my start in the Great Canadian Grid.
Long ago on a grid, far away there was a friend who had a cabin. Suddenly, the cabin was no more and I rarely saw or spoke to him.
Then one day in 2014, my friend returned to speak to me of his new venture. He had created an amazing grid.
Even better, he invited me to join and wished for me to recreate my veteran's memorials.
Excited with the idea of being able to create with so much space and prims was a dream come true for me.
My thoughts on building online has always been that if I can only keep and share ONE thing I have built, it would be my memorials. So, the journey began.
I decided to take a bit of a break to make myself fangs and adjust my avi of course. I felt rather naked!
My first build on that land turned into a village with my original memorial and a few others. It was well recieved but I dreamed of more.
I build the arena and well, I am still waiting on another friend to bring us hockey we can play, but I know some day, it will become a reality. The arena is there and waiting.
Over time I dreamed bigger, and in 2016, I decided to do an entire remake of the land. My dream was to recreate a Canadian military base, which mainly came in the form of the memories I garnered as an MSE-OP (driver) in the Canadian Forces.
I named the army unit that inhabits the base 222 Svc BN. (service battalion). CFB WMV stands for Canadian Forces Base Wilson's Memorial Village, named for my late father who was a WW2 veteran.
The land is on the ScottsDale Region of Honour Point, and it extends onto my other sim, ScotsDale-DragonMoor.
With determination and my imagination I formed everything from barracks to Beaver Hall. The obstacle course is waiting for scripters to make it so we can actually compete, as well as a rifle range.
The male and female barracks are complete down to the open showers to the barracks boxes at the foot of each bed.
Below the base is a fallout shelter. The main gate shows a man filling out enlistment papers. With the addition of another sim, I was able to make an "out in the field" training area.
There has been several people who have inspired me over the time. With everything from suggestions to gifting me some amazingly well made vehicles.
The transport section and supply reminds me much of my days in the military. Hanging out with the vehicles, and asking Supply techs for pencils. (To which the proper response they say is, "what did you do with the pencil I gave you LAST month!? Then, snapping one in half to give you.)
Inside Beaver Hall you will find a club of sorts with a bar and a lovely fireplace to cozy up to, as well as a couple of greedy games. In the same building you will find information in the form of booklets on many topics of interest, from how to enlist in the Canadian Forces, to information about PTSD, the Canadian Legion and Veteran's Affairs.
There is also a classroom, and a mess hall and kitchen encased within Beaver Hall. In the mess hall, breakfast is being served.
Up the hill from there, a military inspired church sits, welcoming all who wish to reflect or even just quietly sit.
The memorials down the path have grown to include others besides my original. An area to light candles is there if you wish to light one. (just touch the candle and write intentions into local chat) Also, an area to pose to lay a wreath.
Moving down the line you will see a wall that contains pictures of people on our amazing grid who have served in the military. Active, retired or even parents or grandparents pictures can be placed on this wall. I would love to see it get so full that I have to build the wall higher.
The Native memorial shows the 4 corners and touching the memorial will give you information on what it all means. I was honoured that my good friend Suta Northman came and gave it an official blessing when it was built. It is so very important to remember all who served our great land and sacrificed for our freedom.
Lastly down the line, there is a cemetary. Inside this sacred ground you will find headstones with names, pictures of Canadians who have served, and fought for our country. Some passed during peace time, some in conflict. ALL gave their word to protect our Queen and country.
The first row here is the most special to me, as each person in the front is someone I knew in real life. My late husband, father in law, commanding officer, a young man who I knew who was the first to be killed in Afghanistan.
These people embody the true meaning of what it is to be a soldier. To serve until they can no more.
I am proud to have served in the Canadian Military, and to be able to provide this land to be able to share with one and all.
I would hope that if you are new to our grid, you take some time to visit. If you have been here a while, perhaps take time to come visit again.
If anyone has suggestions I am always open to them. My wish is for this to be the best memorial for our soldiers online, and to have it be a place all are proud of.
Yours in service, Cpl Wilson-Beresford-JL.
Service Battalion, Canadian Armed Forces.