Lest we for­get our glo­ri­ous dead

The News (New Glasgow) - - OPINION / LETTER -

As we en­ter into the month of Novem­ber, Vet­er­ans’ Week and Re­mem­brance Day, the proper oc­cu­pa­tion of the liv­ing is first to hon­our our heroic dead; next to give thanks to our present day mil­i­tary fam­i­lies for their ser­vice and sac­ri­fices; to as­sist and re­pair havoc, hu­man and ma­te­rial through­out our glo­ri­ous na­tion and wher­ever there is a need within our global com­mu­nity; to re­mem­ber and learn aright and ap­ply with courage the lessons of the two World Wars and in the many con­flict are­nas ex­pe­ri­enced by our mil­i­tary through­out Canada’s his­tory.

I es­pe­cially wish to thank the mil­i­tary mem­bers of HMCS Sco­tia for their im­me­di­ate ac­tion in help­ing to clean up the Naval War Memo­rial at Point Pleas­ant Park, Hal­i­fax. The names on the memo­rial are, for the most part, the only mark­ers hon­our­ing these gal­lant he­roes who made the supreme sac­ri­fice so that we to­day may have rights and priv­i­leges we en­joy as free Cana­dian cit­i­zens. These fallen men and their memo­rial should never be used to make po­lit­i­cal state­ments and should be re­spected no mat­ter what one’s mo­tives or cause may be. To those ig­no­rant in­di­vid­u­als who de­faced the memo­rial, you have the priv­i­lege of ex­pres­sion but not the right to dis­re­spect the gal­lant dead. May your neg­a­tive ac­tions as­sist you in rekin­dling your knowl­edge of our past his­to­ries sac­ri­fices and make you bet­ter aware of all our op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­rich our­selves in a pos­i­tive col­lec­tive, co­he­sive com­mu­nity serv­ing the com­mon good.

Through­out Con­ti­nen­tal Europe, hun­dreds of thou­sands of Cana­dian and Al­lied Mil­i­tary he­roes lay un­der for­eign soil. Most in marked graves, thou­sands with no known graves. Un­der the soil that was tram­pled and dis­turbed by man’s weapons of de­struc­tion, they rest in the quiet of God’s acre with the brave of the en­tire world. At death, they left know­ing in their hearts they were fight­ing the good cause. No words can add to their fame, nor, so long as we re­mem­ber to show our grat­i­tude for their supreme sac­ri­fices, will they be for­got­ten.

These Glo­ri­ous Dead were sum­moned to duty and hon­our for the free­dom and rights of all mankind for which they made the supreme sac­ri­fice. In the words of The Right Hon. Arthur Meighen, at the un­veil­ing of the Cross of Sac­ri­fice, Vimy Ridge, July 3, 1921: “Dan­ger to the trea­sury of com­mon things — for com­mon things when chal­lenged are the most sa­cred of all, dan­ger to these things ever stirred our fa­thers to ac­tion, and it has not lost its ap­peal to their sons.”

Lest We For­get.

John Thomas Rogers, Lt.(N) Re­tired, B.A., B.Ed. CD

New Glas­gow

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