We should re­mem­ber mil­i­tary all year long

EDITORIAL: WHAT OTH­ERS THINK

Lethbridge Herald - - READER’S FORUM -

While the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies are now over for an­other year, there are last­ing ef­fects from them.

It hurts to think of all the suf­fer­ing that has been en­dured be­cause of wars over the years. The First World War veter­ans are gone and the num­ber of Sec­ond World War veter­ans is get­ting pretty sparse with those liv­ing now in their 90s.

What some had to en­dure was bru­tal and some of the mod­ern day veter­ans — who much like their pre­de­ces­sors, don’t like to talk about what they ex­pe­ri­enced — saw things that can never be un­seen.

In the Stephenville, Port au Port Penin­sula area there are five Sec­ond World War veter­ans who are still alive. At least one of them lied about his age to get into the mil­i­tary be­cause he was 16 years old at the time. Even he is in his 90s.

All these men: Richard Gal­lant, Richard Alexan­der, Richard Brin­ston, all liv­ing in Stephenville; Hugh Camp­bell, liv­ing in Kip­pens and Ig­natius Flynn of West Bay have been stal­wart cit­i­zens since they re­turned from war and carved out their own lives in the com­mu­ni­ties they lived.

Each year peo­ple line up at ei­ther the ceno­taph in Stephenville or an al­ter­nate in­door fa­cil­ity at Me­mo­rial Day and Re­mem­brance Day to hon­our those who have fought for our free­dom and to live in a demo­cratic coun­try.

Dur­ing the World Wars and the Korean Con­flict sol­diers went off to fight not only to en­sure the free­dom of peo­ple in this coun­try but to lib­er­ate those in other coun­tries who were at risk or who per­haps had lost ev­ery­thing.

Wars and con­flicts con­tinue to this day in many coun­tries and ev­ery­one hopes there will never be an­other world war. While there was a phrase “the war to end all wars” in ref­er­ence to the First World War, that has been proven false and with the uncer­tainty that ex­ists in to­day’s po­lit­i­cal un­rest, any­thing could hap­pen.

There are lots of coun­tries around the world cur­rently with wars or con­flicts and sadly a lot of them are record­ing deaths that are in the thou­sands al­most up to the tens of thou­sands. For­tu­nately Canada and North Amer­ica has no wars tak­ing place right now.

We are in one of the safest coun­tries in the world at this time and no mat­ter what hap­pens in the fu­ture there is a true need to re­flect, not only dur­ing Re­mem­brance Week, but all through­out the year about what our mil­i­tary has done for us and what fu­ture sol­diers, if called upon, will do to con­tinue to de­fend this coun­try.

An editorial from the Cor­ner Brook Western Star (dis­trib­uted by The Cana­dian Press)

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