Today we remember those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom and our hope for peace, from the Boer War to the War in Afghanistan to the current attacks on the ISIS and the recent deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal. Nathan Cirillo have brought forth the idea that even at home the forces of our enemies and the enemies of peace and freedom can be found. We must not give into fear, to do so would stain the honour of those who paid the final and ultimate price for a freedom.
This year marked the 100 anniversary of the Great War, the war that began Canada’s assent into nationhood. In those battles and the actions at hope to support the war, Canada was forged into a nation of warriors longing for peace. Defenders of freedom and fighters for justice. Farmers, lumberjacks, doctors, lawyers, teachers, clerks and many others fought under the Union Jack and for “King and Country.” They when over the top in countless battles, took areas that seem untakeable. Vimy ridge is one of the most important test of character of our Armed Forces but there were many more, some likely don’t have names. Much like the Unknown Soldier that sits at the base of our National War Memorial.
My grandfather and Granduncle served in the Second World War, as such I have been races with a deep respect for the actions of our Canadian Forces in that war against evil and Tyranny. Again Canada was called upon to serve in all theaters of War and at home. The darkness of that war, marks the world even today. Canada served in Korea War under the UN, invented peacekeeping and served in countless peace keeping missions. Then after the attacks on 9/11 we when to the heart of another War, this one in Afghanistan. It would be the longest war in the history of Canadian Forces, each soldier returning from it was felt in away that had never been done before.
Lest We Forget