Danger, Fear, Tragedy And Heroism: Remembering The Dead & The Survivors Of War
War Touches All Of Us...But It Wasn't Always That Way
As a result of Covid-19, we are not able to observe remembrance day in the usual respectful manner. This Article was from November 11th, 2014, when the Afghan War Was In Full Swing. It was written following the ceremony in Cambridge.
November 11, 2014 - Cambridge, Ontario.
For the first time that I can remember, the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Galt cenotaph in Cambridge was monitored with armed officers on the roof of the library at Queen's Square. This is new for Canadians. But in light of the soldiers who were murdered in Ottawa in recent weeks, it seemed necessary, eerie, and oddly comforting. Like it or not, this is the new reality for Canadians and something we are all going to have to get used to.
Today, there was a massive turnout. Many young families with children. Even some of the very small children had a sense of what the day was about. It was serious, solemn and seemed really important.
Once again the Woodfield family laid down a wreath. Braun Woodfield is still gone and they will never forget where and how he died for his country...in someone else’s country. Never and forever is a hard sentence for a family to be handed. Their family and friends were close to them today.
War Is Not An Old Person's Problem Anymore
Make no mistake, war takes our young and doesn't return them. The ones that do come back grow old remembering every detail of a conflict they never asked for.
Each year there are fewer and fewer World War II veterans, but there are some. Finally they are being recognized for their patriotism and honoured for the horrors they endured in the largest casualty conflict in the history of civilization (between 60-85 million people.) How is this even possible? Add to this the casualties of WWI, another 37+ million and the century that was supposed to hold promise and prosperity became a disaster. Many of those returning home from combat, suffered the lifelong ravages of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (to put it lightly). They carried with them the untold stories from the front lines, bottled up inside, often talking to their comrades at the Legion was their only way of coping.
The November 11th crowds were small for 40 years. Modern day society had moved on and Canada wasn't at war any longer. The men and woman who created the prosperity were forgotten. Many died of addiction and poverty.
Today, the war, the conflicts, the victims of terrorism play out on YouTube. CNN tells the stories again and again while experts’ debate and predict the outcome, while the youth of today and everyone else alive faces an uncertain future.
Canada is no longer simply peace keepers to the world any more. We must once again play our role in the pursuit of a new world order if it is at all possible. Going to war to create peace seems to be a human concept which has created catastrophic losses. I think today that point came across loud and clear.
Next year, perhaps November 11th will be a stat holiday across Canada. It's a good idea. We should all stop, and for one day, focus on what has brought us to this place in time.
Lest We Forget--Indeed!
(Note: Please follow the link at the bottom of this article to view the names and details of fallen Canadian Soldiers and service people.)
Armed Guards Overhead Watching For Suspicious Behavior
Braun Woodfield - A victim of the Afghan War, killed by a roadside bomb
Braun's Family remembers...
Tim Hortons in Afghanistan ...Almost seems like home...yet something is very different and troubling
Living And Dying By The Sword In Search of World Peace...
Conflict is Still a Reality on November 11th, 2014 in Afghanistan