Filed under: Issues & the Environment | Tags: afghanistan, canada, canadian, charity, heroes, military, november eleventh, poppy, remembrance day, sacrifice, soldiers, support, troops, war, world war
As we head into the dismal days of November, the brisk winds and chilly air reminding us that indeed, once again, winter is coming (get used to it Canada – it happens every damn year) we are reminded of many things. Setting our clocks back an hour is pointless and annoying; Americans celebrate Thanksgiving at a weird time; and, of course, Remembrance Day.
Whatever your views on war or the military or politics may be, you cannot deny the sacrifices, heroism, and just plain courage that radiates from our soldiers. Over the years they have done and seen things that no human being should ever have to face; but had to regardless, whether for freedom, peace, or just because it was the right damn thing to do. You may be anti-war, and that’s fine. You may even be anti-military, and that’s fine too. But blame the policy makers, the politicians and the war-mongers; leave your vitriol and condemnation for them. Soldiers – the ones doing the hard shit because it’s their job – deserve nothing but your utmost respect and compassion. Without them, where would we be? Canada is a great country, there’s no denying that. But without the thousands of brave men and women who gave their life over the course of our rich history, we wouldn’t have the same freedoms and liberties we take for granted now. And if you get right down to it – isn’t that what makes Canada so amazing? Food for though, oh world of the internets.
On that note, I would like to ask anyone reading this to check out The Canadian Hero Fund, a charity organized to assist the children of our fallen heroes. Few, if any of us, don’t owe something to these people. We all have family members or friends that have at some point served in the military – whether during one of the world wars, or currently in Afghanistan.
So take a moment to remember their valiant efforts…head over to the Canadian Hero Fund, and give it a look. Or join their Facebook page, as I have. There is literally nothing we can do to even begin to pay them back for what they have done, and what they have accomplished. But there’s no reason we can’t try.