Earlier this year in Calgary, at a screening of the film Dunkirk, a nearly 100-year-old veteran, named Ken Sturdy, was given a vivid reminder of a battle he was actually a part of. Mr. Sturdy was thanked by movie goers who were faced, for the first time, with a realistic depiction of what he and his comrades exactly went through. Mr. Sturdy was hugged and had his hand shaken, by grateful Calgarians, when they spotted him in full uniform.
When I hear a story like this, I'm reminded of how grateful we need to be.
Sometimes people have trouble being grateful for our War Veterans, because they dislike the concept of war. Human life is valuable, yet unfortunately conflict does arise. But Veterans like Mr. Sturdy, are the first to point out that we must learn from our past, so we don't repeat the horrors of war in the future.
Honouring our veterans isn't about honouring war or death. It's about honouring people who did everything they could, to end the effects of war as quickly as they possibly could, so you and I can enjoy the peace we are blessed with. These are lessons our veterans are urging us to learn, and we would be wise to listen.
My grandfather was a veteran of the Korean War. Currently, tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are building. One North Korean official even alleged certain comments, made by U.S. officials, qualify as a declaration of war, giving North Korea the “right” to attack U.S. Jets, even outside of North Korean aerospace.
It's important to remember in times like these, to avoid needlessly escalating tensions, and to seek preemptive diplomacy wherever realistically possible.
It's interesting that I had to turn to two foreign countries to find an example of military history threatening to repeat itself in our era. This points back to the freedom and peace we've enjoyed in Canada for so many years. Let's protect this peace, but not by fear mongering into over spending in our military and security, and not by being too much of a “hippy” to support our troops.
This Remembrance Day, let's commit to work towards peace in our world, and honour those who fought for the existance of our peace.
God bless our veterans, Canada, and Canadians everywhere!