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Rmembrance Day 2013

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Over the years, I have had many thoughts when it comes to Remembrance Day, and for the most part, I think it is an important day. Those who have fought for our countries, deserve both our respect, and appreciation for what they have sacrificed, and for the service they have given.

In my post last year, I wrote about the fact some veterans were in the position where they had to fight for assistance in different areas, all of which should have been automatic. It seems to me, while some things may be better, others...not so much!

I’m not going to repeat what this Report clearly states. I will say, that while I may not always agree with the reasons why different countries are at war, I do believe, if we ask soldiers to put their lives on the line, as they have done for many years, when they return, we owe them the best care possible, in every area of their lives.

It should never be the case that those who fought and served for their country, should then have to fight for what they need to get on with those lives, it should be an automatic right. To try and find loopholes, to deny these rights, is not only shameful, it says a great deal about what is, or is not, valued by those responsible for the welfare of the men and women who serve in the forces.

Here in Canada, November 11, is a holiday, a day where there are services in numerous places. Sam and I will go to our local Cenotaph with others we know. This is just one day, an important one, but only one. It is what is done on those other 364 days, which either gives hope to our veterans or leaves them still fighting, a very different war, against those who should be on the same side.

I don’t know about other countries, but here in Canada, we need to speak out, sign the varies petitions, let these next 364 days be the ones where change takes place. On Remembrance Day 2014, let there be no more need for these men and women to still be fighting for, what in the first place, should automatically be theirs because they are men and women who have served and fought for their country.

Today’s Quote:

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers”.
Jose Narosky


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Nov. 10th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Amen to this. For me, Remembrance Day is one of the most important days of the year. For reasons I don't think I can fully explain - beyond having grandparents who fought in WWII - it touches me so deeply.

Remembrance Day is not a holiday everywhere in Canada, though. This was something that shocked me when I moved out east. In Ontario, people at least get an hour off between 10:30 and 11:30am, but not the whole day. In Quebec, the students at my university - the very university that the writer of In Flanders Fields went to - do not even get that hour off. It has always really bothered me. My one consolation is that Montreal's Remembrance day commemoration service is held on our campus in downtown Montreal, and the 21-gun salute can be heard for miles. I always hope that it does disturb those classes and business meeting that are going on - if only for a few minutes. It is too important not to remember.

Edited at 2013-11-10 11:10 pm (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
I knew there were a few of the provinces back east where it isn't a holiday, but it always seemed strange to me that one of them is Ontario.

In the UK the day is always marked on the Sunday nearest to Nov.11 When we came to Canada, I rather liked that it was actually on the day. To not even mark the hour, seems rather disrespectful to those who fought.

It is years since I was last in Montreal, but I think I remember that campus.

As you say, it is far too important not to remember, and to mark the day in whichever way seems right.
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Such true quote.

And yes it's really sad, that veterans aren't treated well, I've heard a few stories here as well.

As a small country we haven't had much tradition for remembering soldiers, we have the remebrance of the resistance during WW2 on may 4-5th, but those were civilians.

But then after Afghanistan, where we've experienced lots of dead and wounded soldiers, we have a flag-day, not the big thing yet, but a day to celebrate our soldiers and remember.
Nov. 12th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone can come back from war, and not be wounded in some way.

Unfortunately from what I read, there seems to be very few countries who treat their veterans as they should.

I've always thought it very important to remember those who fought in the resistance. My sister's father-in-law was one of them, and before he died, he started to tell us some of his stories, he was French.

How we mark the day, at least to me, is not as important, as the fact that we do mark it.
Nov. 13th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
It is what is done on those other 364 days, which either gives hope to our veterans or leaves them still fighting, a very different war, against those who should be on the same side.

... exactly!!

And that quote says it all really.

We also have a way to go....

Nov. 14th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Form what I have read it seems to be the case in a number of countries.

I find it incredible that any government would treat those men and women, who have sacrificed so much, in the way they do...yet so it carries on.
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