Thursday, November 11, 2004
Lest We Forget
And this one is for bravery/And this one is for me And everything's a dollar in this box Listen to Tom Waits: Soldier's Things (Go! Buy the Rekkid!) How can we remember that which we never experienced? Well-told stories bring us near an event, but memory, real sensory memory, immerses us. Memory has sounds and smells. It tastes of mud and cordite. It hints at terror once felt. My remembrance of war is, thankfully, so indirect as to be almost insignificant. I remember during the first Gulf War, university pals and I debating whether we would answer a draft call to fight in Kuwait. (I wonder if students in the U.S. are having the same conversations today) I remember my father telling about living in appeasement-era Britain. (How the soldiers marched with broom handles over their shoulders because they had no rifles) And I will always remember my visit to Oswiecim. (and the room full of shoes, and shivering in July) This Remembrance Day, I hope that Canadian youth will continue to have the luxury of abstract memory of war. Real memories, the kind American youth are earning today, have too great a price. The CBC has developed an in-depth Remembrance Day information page. Today is the last day of Canadian Blood Services "Report for Duty" campaign to give in honour of service men and women.
Exellent Post Fatcitizen. However, for me Remembrance Day seems to focus on the past. The First and Second world war. The Korean war. It is vitality important to remember the huge and significant impact that our Canadian troops made in these wars. Without Canada, the wars would not of been won. However, It's been 59 years since the end of World War II. Much to the surprise of most Canadians, We as soldiers have made significant impact on the world since that point. Our Army, Navy and Air force troops have been to the Gulf, Golan Heights, Bosnia, Haiti and numerous other hot spots. While the CBC (thankfully), recounted recent Afghan losses, they failed to mention the sacrifices that Canadian troops make day to day. According to the DND website (http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/operations/current_ops_e.asp), we currently have 1,627 troops deployed worldwide. All these members make sacrifices day to day for Canada and our allies. All these have members have friends, family and loved ones that are back home in Canada, loving and supporting them. So while Canadians remember the unforgettable sacrifices our grandparents made, It's as equally important to remember the modern day scarifies our troops make. It is equally important to recognize and support the challenges and hardships faced by our family and friends supporting us at home.Post a Comment