11.11.2014 08:43 AM

Remember

Poppy

15 Comments


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    ottawacon says:

    That is an astonishing photo – I’d be very grateful if you could link to a hi-res version of it.


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    EB says:

    Take 5 minutes and scroll through the faces of the young men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan. As the father of son in the Canadian Air Force, I want to remember how young the people are who are paying such an awful price:
    http://www.rclbr50.ca/lestweforget/afghanistancasualties.asp


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      Paul Brennan says:

      EB .. that certainly registers – young young men and women with dreams families gone…Thank you for that and thank you and your son for his service to Canada and all Canadians


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        smelter rat says:

        Sorry, but our adventure in Afghanistan had nothing to do with service to this country, other than in name only. What a waste of lives. Same as it ever was.


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          Ray says:

          Rat: Fuck off.

          My apologies to all others.


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    Cameron Prymak says:

    The sacrifices, so incredible.
    War is hell.
    The sacrifices, too regular in their reoccurrence.
    War is hell.
    These sacrifices are ultimately paid by so few.
    Honour them.


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    MississaugaPeter says:

    A just war that ended physical wars and cooperation in Europe for a record length of time.

    Until the Ukraine situation. And IMO that could have been avoided.

    We should NEVER forget that many people’s lives were sacrificed for our way of life.

    As I told a candidate running for provincial Liberal leader two years ago, this should be a LEGAL HOLIDAY, like it is in Alberta. If necessary, scrap another holiday!


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      EB says:

      I disagree. It will just become another day to sleep in and/or go shopping. Far better that our children are in school attending ceremonies where they learn about the sacrifices that have been made so that they can attend school. If it is just another holiday, how will they learn how important this is?


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    MississaugaPeter says:

    Sorry EB, but I disagree!

    Schools in Alberta attend ceremonies before today.

    And students then attend large ceremonies today. The ceremonies in Calgary and Edmonton are significant events.

    CALGARY РAt the same time they gather outside the museum dedicated to Canada’s military history, other Calgarians meet at Central Memorial Park, the Southern Jubilee Auditorium and the Field of Crosses along Memorial Drive, the temporary row of more than 3,000 white crosses representing the fallen.

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Thousands+gather+poignant+Remembrance+ceremony+Calgary/10371673/story.html

    EDMONTON – A crowd of about 7,000 people stood silently Tuesday morning as trumpeter Sgt. Jeremy Maitland played the Last Post, a poignant tribute to those who died serving their country.

    Hundreds of military personnel, veterans, police officers, emergency responders and other service groups joined politicians, dignitaries and the public to mark Remembrance Day during the solemn service in the Butterdome at the University of Alberta.

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Thousands+gather+Edmonton+Remembrance+service/10372016/story.html

    Headline at thestar.com right now:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/11/war_memorial_changes_stir_controversy.html

    War memorial changes stir controversy


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      Joe says:

      So using Ontario logic. The stores should be open on Remembrance Day for shopping because to have a statutory holiday on Remembrance Day would mean people would go shopping.

      When I was in Junior and Senior High School the local Legion was very glad that schools were closed for Remembrance Day because they needed someone to sound the Last Post at 11 AM and that someone was a pimply faced teenager – me. Fortunately I had lots of practice because I went to all the school ceremonies with the Legion members when the Legion members would share their war experiences with the students. Again they needed someone to sound Last Post. As kids we all went to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day and it introduced me to the long tradition Canada has had in doing our part to make this a better world. As a 6 year old kid I remember meeting an old gentleman who fought in the Boer War. I do remember him.

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