“I find in Remembrance Day services, our emotions are jolted at the thought of the sacrifices of so many younger men and women who fought for our freedoms. Many of those that managed to return were never the same. We did not know about post dramatic stress disorder in those days. My wife had an uncle, Augie, as he was known, who was never the same after the war and spent much of his time at his parent’s farm, living in a make shift apartment above a barn used for farm machinery. Another uncle never talked about his experiences, but family members recall how friends on either side of him were killed, while miraculously he survived.” – Bill Fox, Oshawa Express.
“Historians are dubious, but as the story goes, a persistent leaf from the tree stuck itself to poet Alexander Muir’s sleeve in the fall of 1867, serving as the inspiration for “The Maple Leaf Forever,” a poem-turned-song-turned-unofficial-anthem.”
As we are told in Lorne Gunter’s Toronto Sun article below, “…just 52% of respondents would vote to keep Quebec part of Canada; 26% would punt la belle province and 22% were unsure how they would vote. But to me, the key statistic was that a full 88% of those polled felt “all the provinces should be treated equally, even if it upsets Quebec and risks separation.”
“A wise nation preserves its records, gathers up its muniments, decorates the tombs of its illustrious dead, repairs great public structures, and fosters national pride and love of country, by perpetual reference to the sacrifices and glories of the past.” – Joseph Howe, Father of Confederation.
by John Thompson.
John Thompson is the Editorial Director of the Mackenzie Institute. He retired from the Canadian Forces with the rank of Captain, and is a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
I try to write something every Remembrance Day, but don’t really see much I can add on this occasion.
The day is still the same, I know what it is for, and I think often about family history as it relates to both World War I and World War II.
One thing I reflect on is human stupidity, if that’s what happened at the end of the Great War.
“Innovative ways of connecting children with their military heritage are to be encouraged, not closed down in misguided effort to protect students’ sensibilities.”
Perhaps the ‘politically correct’ crowd don’t realise that the anger and resentment they cause in so many different ways accumulates, and eventually may well result in a massive backlash.
“…the Department of Defence is planning to send 19,000 highly collectable Browning Hi-Power pistols made in Toronto more than 60 years ago to the smelter and destroy them, instead of allowing licensed firearm owners to buy them for hundreds of dollars each.”
Too bad the Toronto Sun doesn’t follow through and demand the return of the Red Ensign under which so many wars were fought. They are obviously aware of the initial injustice, but simply ignore it while praising the return of “Royal” to our Navy and Air Force.
“At least 500 veterans are dying every week in Canada… If we don’t get their stories now, we will lose them forever.” Jeremy Diamond, Historica-Dominion Institute.