Three ways of understanding Canada’s war contributions
Living in a peaceful country like Canada, it’s easy to forget the wars of the 20th century in which our country’s freedom and harmony hung in the balance. On Remembrance Day, and throughout the year, we should engage with this past so that we can better appreciate the great sacrifices made by Canadians in these devastating conflicts. Here are a few good ways to reconnect with this history.
1. Visit a war memorial
There are over 6,000 war memorials in Canada, each with a unique story and significance. These affecting and artistic constructions will inspire you to reflect on the soldiers who dedicated themselves to various war efforts and the histories they represent.
2. Discover the history
To wholly appreciate the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers, we need to know who they were and why they were fighting. One way of learning about this is by visiting one of Canada’s many military and war museums. Another way is by reading about the history. Some good places to start your research are the Military Heritage section of the Library and Archives Canada website and the History section of the Veteran Affairs Canada website.
3. Speak with and support Canada’s veterans
Veterans are usually happy to tell you about their military experience. By talking with them you’ll gratify their need to share their personal stories and also learn a meaningful bit of history you can keep alive by passing on to others. Additionally, you can support veterans in financial need by donating to organizations like the Royal Canadian Legion and VETS Canada. Visit their websites — legion.ca and vetscanda.org — for more information.