Souvenir sales disrespectful
‘Mother Canada’ underwear! Those words disgust me as much as they probably disgust you.
It’s hard to believe that the Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM) proposed for Green Cove is truly dedicated to the honour and respect of our fallen soldiers when its proposed gift shop will be selling ‘Mother Canada’ underwear.
More than 100 other items including fanny packs, candy, squeaking toys, golf balls and military action toy figures will also be for sale. Because of space limitations I can’t list them all, but a full list of trademarked ‘souvenir’ items can be seen at this link: http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opiccipo/trdmrks/srch/vwTrdmrk. do?lang=eng&status=OK&fileN umber=1600956&extension=0 &startingDocumentIndexOnPage=1
According to its web page at www.nfnm.ca, ‘the Never Forgotten National Memorial will be a place for remembrance and gratitude ... allowing Canadians to honour and respect our fallen in a manner never previously experienced or possibly even imagined.’
Sadly, that is probably one of the truest statements supporters of the memorial have written. I could never have imagined that our fallen soldiers would be honoured and respected in such a manner. It’s more like dishonoured and disrespected.
As for the honorary patrons who support this project, don’t they realize that by their support they are also putting their stamp of approval on all of those crass trademarked ‘Mother Canada’ items?
People like local MP Mark Eyking and NDP veterans affairs critic Peter Stoffer surely cannot continue to believe that the NFNM has only the best in- terests of veterans and fallen soldiers at heart when they will be using their legacy to make money with such crass merchandise.
But that is not the only way the NFNM Foundation is using the memory of fallen soldiers. According to the NFNM web page, visitors to the website can ‘adopt a member of Our Fallen. Once one of Our Heroes is se- lected, the donor can arrange to have a commemorative upright marker placed ...’
Donors are by definition people who give so one can assume that this is yet another way that the NFNM will make money on the backs of our fallen soldiers. How much honour and respect is there in that?
The NFNM proposed location at Green Cove is not only an insult to all Canadians who value our national parks. Their plans to raise money using the legacy of our veterans and fallen soldiers with the “adopt” a fallen hero project and crass ‘souvenirs’ are an insult to every soldier and veteran that the memorial is supposed to be honouring. Rose Courage Sydney