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Old Nov 10th, 2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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Old Nov 10th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #3
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At 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, I shall physically stand before the cenotaph to take part in, and witness the Remembrance Day services.

My mind however, will be elsewhere. Part of the time it will have me in the Royal Canadian Legion burial plot in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where I will stand before the graves of my father, Lt. F. J. W. Sinclair and my mother Pt. N. M. Sinclair and salute them. They both served in WWII where my father was wounded in action in France.

It will then take me to another family plot in the small town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan, where I was born. There too, I will stand before the graves of my uncles Marvin, Donald, and Roy who also served overseas in WWII. And I will also stand before, and salute the graves of my two younger uncles who served in Korea. Uncle Benjamin, who I got to know later in life. And Uncle Stanley, who I didn't get to know, dead at 33 years of age.

I shall remember that I am here, never having to go to war, because they did so on my behalf. They, and many other citizens, of many other countries, in many other conflicts. I shall remember them all.

When the final sweet notes of The Last Post haunt the still morning air, I will shed no tear, for they would not expect me to do so. I will however, have a very large lump in my throat.

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Old Nov 10th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #4
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Thank you for the post. I found your links very emotional. Let us hope that we take the time to remember.
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Old Nov 10th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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Amen, Dr.H. Amen.
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This year Remembrance Day is taking on a new meaning for me.

This will be the first year my son will be taking part in a Remembrance Day ceremony at at the Legion. Even though he is 4, I am explaining to him why he will be going to the ceremony, what these brave people did for us and to stand tall and proud during the ceremony.

Secondly, I work in Long Term Care. I have the distinct honour of treating people who have lived through War or have served. When I hear the stories they tell, I listen with gratitude and I am thankful for the sacrifices they have made for us, so we can live in peace and enjoy our freedom. even though they are grateful for me treating them, it is I who is grateful for everything they have done for me.

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Old Nov 10th, 2008, 10:46 PM   #7
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I recall when I took my son, at the age of 5, to a Remembrance Day ceremony here in St. John's. He never understood why I was crying back then. Paix.
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I'm conflicted on 11/11 for this reason.

While WWII was certainly a triumph over oppression WWI was a travesty in too many ways, in particular the unconscionable cannon fodder approach to young lives.

I think any kid with a modicum of history knows that and wonders why such a thing is recalled with reverence.

It seems an imperial hangover that might be better served by recalling volunteers from all of Canada who often give their lives and health in service to others.

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I'd much prefer to see less militant, more encompassing tradition that encourages public service and volunteerism forward into the future as well as honouring those of the past however they served Canada.

The long road for Canada's Merchant Marine to be rewarded for their dangerous service to freedom in the Atlantic convoys comes to mind.

Then it might be more relevant to the young and deserving of remembrance. The association with the bleak futility of WWI is a stain on that in my view.



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PAUL Keating has launched a stinging attack on the Anzac legend, rubbishing the notion that Australia's identity was redefined on the beaches of Gallipoli and vowing never to set foot on the sacred site.

While launching Churchill and Australia, a new book by renowned Labor Party speechwriter Graham Freudenberg, the former prime minister said: "The truth is that Gallipoli was shocking for us. Dragged into service by the imperial government in an ill-conceived and poorly executed campaign, we were cut to ribbons and dispatched -- and none of it in the defence of Australia.
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MacDoc: I realize you are conflicted, but it would be nice of you to take your conflicted thoughts to another thread. There are people here who simply wish to remember service people, some of who served in WWI. Please don't try politicize this here. Remembrance Day is in many ways as much about the end of war as it is about those who died--I think this is already understood.
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I didn't.....grow up. You don't have exclusive patrol duty over your right wing love of all things military.

My dad who just died this year faced this in WWII and chose to serve here and I honour him for that choice. So stuff the snide one liners where they belong. Sometimes you need to learn to shut up MF.
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