The 21st century was the most violent and murderous period in human history to date. And with our current direction, the 21st century may well surpass it in violence and war. Have we forgotten the lessons of the past, or have we yet to learn them? Worse yet, not only has war not ended, but . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Lest We Forget: Reflections On Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, and the Current Corporate Assault on Freedom and Democracy Around the World
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Thirty-six years ago, Canada opened its doors to a flood of refugees from Vietnam. Tim Harper writes on this Remembrance Day:
Scott Mullin was 22 and barely out of Carleton University when the Star headlined a March 5, 1979, piece about him — “Viet refugees view Canadian . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Their Coming Enriched This Country
PHOTOS: In Flanders Fields? The reality of the Great war’s battlefields: squalor, incompetence, mechanized industrial death. Below: John McCrae, and a Great War poet still worth reading, Wilfred Owen. A civilization that forgets its poetry is barely worthy of the name. Like fiction and unlike non-fiction, poetry is how a culture’s most profound truths are . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: In Flanders Fields? It’s time to encourage another generation of school kids to read some better poems from the Great War
Lest we forget? How could we possibly? At this time of year we are overwhelmed with noise about not forgetting.
Now the warrior worshipers are demanding that stores not put up their Xmas displays until after November 11th. It is disrespectful, they say. Frankly, I wouldn’t be unhappy if stores didn’t put up their displays . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Lest we forget—enough already
It was the most stunning and beautiful tribute to those who died in the First World War I have ever seen.
A sea of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, one for every British or Commonwealth soldier killed in that war.
But now the poppies are being uprooted.
The Christmas lights are going . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Can War Be Made to Look Too Beautiful?
Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans were outraged when this man allegedly passed himself off as a Forces member at the scene of a flood in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, he seemed to have a couple of civilians fooled. However, his weird haircut gave him away to keen observers familiar with . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada
Smith, 91, one of the last remaining Canadian World War 2 veterans, fears that unrestrained capitalism is killing collective rights and western democracy.
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I didn't watch the ceremony at the National War Memorial, but I see that Stephen Harper made it back from China just in time to take the starring role.So he could take advantage of this country's massive emotional upheaval.Pose as a Great Strong Leader keeping us safe in a time of war, Canada's Churchill . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Road to an Early Election
Gap’s ‘Remembrance Day deal’ not appropriate, Toronto veteran says ‘The point is not to exploit and profit from this day,’ says Cpl. Chuck Krangle
CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:10 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 10:57 AM ET
Have to agree with Cpl. Krangle, it is . . . → Read More: Left Over: Keeping Remembrance Day in My Own Way….
I have to confess that all of the extra ‘enthusiasm’ for this year’s Remberance Day makes me uneasy. Poppy sales are at an all time high. Special and protracted ceremonies are planned. Government propaganda is being churned out incessantly.
While I fully respect the fact that many people fought and died to protect our . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Sobering Remembrance Day Reminder
We have become mesmerized by bad behaviour. Michael den Tandt writes that honour is is short supply these days:
Honour is AWOL, missing without leave, in the case of the famous Toronto radio host now accused of serially assaulting at least nine women. Jian Ghomeshi has denied wrongdoing and has not . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Remembrance Day 2014
You know what Remembrance Day should be for?
1. Remembering all those who have died in war. Precedence on the civilian deaths, because they die at far higher rate than any established military force.
2. Educate yourself as to what war is and how it is waged.
3. Take action to prevent future war . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Do Something Useful Remembrance Day – Dirty Wars Documentary- Jeremy Scahill
It's going to be a very emotional Remembrance Day in Canada, especially at the National War Memorial.For the reasons we all know, for the blood spilled. And at the stroke of eleven I will stop whatever I'm doing, and remember those who gave their lives, and honour our veterans.But for the first time ever, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Remembrance Day 2014: And My Promise to the Dead
World needs peace and not wars.
Canada first observed Remembrance Day on November 11th, 1919, to commemorate the armistice that had ended WWI one year earlier and to remember those in the military who had given their lives in the war.
The narrow focus on the military has become less legitimate—the majority of those who died in WWI were soldiers. In . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Remember who? And for what?
On Remembrance Day let’s not celebrate wars but think of those who lost their lives. Let’s not think of producing more deadly weapons of mass destruction but let’s think of how we can bring about peaceful world. Wars are horror and destructions for all involved.
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Remembrance Day
Today I remember my father, James Edward Thomson, who fought in Europe with the Royal Montreal Regiment and won an award for bravery from King George and was mentioned in dispatches. Near Antwerp, my Dad was off-duty and walking back to barracks when he noticed a crowd gathered around a field. He . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Today I Remember My Dad
Today we honour the dead. And that’s as it should be. “If ye break faith with us who die,” John McCrae wrote, “we shall not rest.” It’s easy to keep faith with the dead. It doesn’t cost much.
But we have broken faith with the living, the veterans who have come home and who . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Breaking Faith
Remembrance Day is a conflicted day for me, I have had the absolute luxury of never having to fight in an armed conflict and for that I am grateful.
Conversely, the application of military power is always the sign of the failure of the human spirit when we must resort to destroying nations and people . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Remembrance Day – Soldiers Cry – Roland Majeau
There couldn't be a more powerful protest. Or a greater slap in the face. For years he posed as a patriot, for years he strutted around boasting he was the best friend the Canadian military ever had. For years he could count on the support of most veterans.But not anymore. Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Revolt of the Veterans
A typical Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony: the scene in St. Albert one year ago today. Below: B.C. Conservative MP Mark Strahl, on-air Conservative partisan Don Cherry, and NDP Veterans’ Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer.
No Canadian government in living memory, and probably no Canadian government in history, has worked as hard as the Harper . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Hoist with their own petard, Harper Tories face veterans’ Remembrance Day protest
Whenever I fall into the trap of thinking that the Canadian public is indifferent to the things that are going on both within our own country and abroad, I turn to the letters section of The Toronto Star. Admittedly, the majority of the sentiments expr… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Insight From A Star Reader
So many memories and such wonderful music that relected and softened the roughest edges of the time . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Lili Marlene- Marlene Dietricht
“The End of the War Years” by The Fallout from the album Dismantlement (Insurgence Records, 2007) We hold our breath and we wait for some for some good news to hear. A scrap of faith in which to believe, but all we get are reasons to fear. Our son… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: “The End of the War Years” by The Fallout