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Friday, November 11, 2005

Remembrance is not enough

Every year at exactly this time Canadians pause to remember and honour those who fought and died in the name of all that is good in this world. As the light of a cold November sun highlights the gravestone of the unknown solider inside Canada's new war musuem, please take the time not only to remember but to learn and to teach those younger than yourself. This is the only way that the remembrance will continue past the day when the last of the veterans has finally joined his fallen brothers for a long deserved rest.

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Blogger cmwish said...

today, like millions of others, i attended a remembrance day ceremony. for me, it has something to do with being a seasonal ritual. for me, it has nothing to do with glorification of war. most people attend in honour of soldiers. i hope at some point people give a thought to other casualties. this very minute, there are children dying because they do not have clean water (can you believe even in canada people go without clean water?) people are maimed and raped. at gunpoint, they have nothing worth taking except their childhood innocence. yet these tragedies are not the only reason to honour the two minutes of silence every november 11th. every year, we are (pedantically) reminded that soldiers died so we can enjoy freedom. FREEDOM! do we appreciate it? or is it forgotten in the marching between wal-mart and mcdonald's, discarded the instant someone picks up the television remote?

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think."
- Adolf Hitler

if you prefer not to wear a poppy, if you don't attend remembrance day ceremonies, i implore you to continue thinking for yourself! give the lie to hitler's quote.

To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
e e cummings

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post Matt!

About 10 years ago my Grandfather gave me a watch box. In it were his five service medals and his cap badge from the Royal Canadian Engineers. He had voluteered in January of 1940 and served with pride in England and through the liberation of Northern Europe, especially Holland. Truly the best of times & the very worst of times.
The medals, cap badge and a photo for "King and Country" have been mounted & now hold a place of honour in our dinning room.

Our history has to come out of "watch boxes" and be shared with younger generations, if we are to have any sense of ourselves as a nation.

Cheers,
A.Les

11:05 AM  
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