Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest We Forget

"Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea." - Samuel Johnson

Words fail. How can words, mere symbols, hope to express the raw fires of emotion that burn in the human soul?

We are civilians, and as such, have the strange desire to romanticise the war and combat. We have deleted this column several times; but the more we write, the greater the temptation. We know this offends some soldiers, and hence the reluctance to indulge.

War is hell; Fathers weep for sons. But war is not evil. The Canadian soldiers who liberated Europe, twice in a span of mere decades, the soldiers who fought in Korea, the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, they fight on behalf of an honourable nation, for a noble cause.

Words fail. We are proud of you. And you give us cause to be proud. 

Allow us a moment of blind nationalism: You, the Canadian soldier, defeated the Germans. Twice. You destroyed Prussianism. You either understand the magnitude and breadth of that accomplishment, or you don't.

We will end with the motto of the Cameron Highlanders Of Ottawa: "ADVANCE!"

God Bless The Canadian Soldier


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