I am posting this just before Remembrance Day simply to give a little perspective on the ceremonies many of us will either be attending or viewing. I am always moved by the ceremony at the magnificently beautiful cenotaph in Ottawa but as recent years roll by I cannot help but ponder the true motives of Government ministers who so humbly pay tribute to those who fought and died for the Peace and Liberty symbolized by the angel figures at the top of the memorial.
At ceremonies all over the country elderly veterans will present sincere and emotional readings of John McCrae‛s great poem, In Flanders Fields, giving earnest emphasis to the final verse.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow.
Are we breaking faith?
Instead of trying to answer that question myself, I suggest we follow this link to an article by Winnipeg writer Frances Russell . Writing with clarity and passion she gives a useful perspective on Canada‛s progress concerning the Peace and Liberty for which so many died.
Lest we forget.