What hap­pened to 21-gun salute?

Edmonton Journal - - EDITORIAL -

How dis­ap­point­ing it was to ar­rive at the leg­is­la­ture as we have ev­ery year for the past sev­eral decades on Nov. 11 to find no how­itzers for the 21-gun salute.

When we first started to at­tend it was just the guns fir­ing one at a time with a hand­ful of spec­ta­tors stand­ing in si­lence. It had evolved into a mil­i­tary salute with read­ings of In Flan­ders Field and medal pre­sen­ta­tions to mil­i­tary per­son­nel. The at­ten­dance had grown to hun­dreds, young and old, re­flect­ing on the sac­ri­fices made by those in our armed forces to con­trib­ute to mak­ing the world and our beau­ti­ful coun­try a bet­ter place.

Yet this day, hun­dreds were milling around won­der­ing why the guns had gone silent this year.

A.R. An­der­son, Ed­mon­ton


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