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Lest We Forget

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The following article was prepared for Politics Plus by Lynn Squance

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Chris C (152)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 9:35 am
Amazing!!! Thank you, Lynn. We will NEVER forget!

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 2:26 pm
In Canada, Remembrance Day was originally know as Armistice Day but it was changed as the "war to end all wars" was not the last. . . . WWII, the Korean conflict (there was actually no declaration of war North Korea invaded South Korea and then on 25 June 1950, the United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned the North's invasion of the South, with United Nations Security Council Resolution 82 and the UN then provided support to South Korea in their civil war with the North), Afghanistan, peacekeeping in Cyprus, Rwanda, the Balkans, and other places. The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) has said that Remembrance Day is now a day of "remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace."

We ask our soldiers to do the most horrendous thing kill another human being but not just once, but over and over again. Yet when they return home, there isn't enough support, whether it be medical, financial especially in this economy, or moral support in dealing with all the trauma and then trying to fit in a civilian life where rules are not always so clear cut.

Whether a veteran returns in a body bag, or walks off that troop carrier seemingly whole, we OWE all veterans a debt of gratitude and support.

An interesting fact All returning Canadian military fly into CFB Trenton, Ontario (well except the navy which sail into either Halifax, NS or Victoria, BC). On August 24, 2007, the portion of the highway between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and the Don Valley Parkway/Highway 404 Junction in Toronto was designated the Highway of Heroes, as the road is travelled by funeral convoys for fallen Canadian Forces personnel from CFB Trenton to the coroner's office in Toronto. It is always lined by people paying tribute along the sides where possible, and certainly on all the overpasses.

Peace be upon all!


Robert O (12)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 5:38 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 6:01 pm
Noted. Thanks.

John B (185)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 6:42 pm
Thank you Lynn for this awesome post. A very emotional read for me. I visited my twin brothers grave as usual. I go three times a year, on our birthday Sept. 21, on March 21 the day his was KIA and on this day and have since 1967. Read and noted.

P A (117)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 10:32 pm
Wonderful article Lynn! I love 'In Flanders Fields' though it inevitably makes me cry! It is interesting what you say about the Highway of Heroes in Toronto here we have Wooton Bassett now Royal Wooton Bassett where the whole small town used to turn our and stand silently beside the road whenever a funeral cortege came along from RAF Lyneham (all the returning dead from the two current conflicts used to come back there). It was on the news many dozens of times over the last couple of years, and I wonder as in the case of the naming of the Highway for Heroes whether the governments might actually be listening to the populace? (Or am I being over optimistic given past experience?).

Govts always used to rely on the fact that when they committed our servicemen and servicewomen to conflicts that any casualties went unseen so the general population didn't get upset are things changing now? It would be really good to get them proper medical care and housing as a minimum when they got back to their bases!

(Perhaps I am being over optimistic RAF Lyneham has been closed. The bodies of those killed on service now return to a town with no such tradition - so they won't presumably be on the news.....I take it such things were good for media ratings, but bad for votes!)

divergent revolution (309)
Monday November 12, 2012, 6:29 am
I've been schooled.Thanks for the history lesson.
Too many family members have been murdered in wars.
Thanks again.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday November 12, 2012, 8:36 am
Thank you, Lynn, very well done! All veterans and servicepersons are always in my thoughts, and not just for one day.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 12, 2012, 1:42 pm
Thanks to both Lynn and TC.
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