Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives (October/November 2015)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

It was great to see Canadians turning up in such large numbers on November 11, (35,000 in Ottawa at the Cenotaph) to show respect and remember those great men and women (boys and girls) who, since the war of 1812 have so courageously stepped up to come to the defence of the free world.

I attended the Sunday ceremony in a small town nearby called Munster Hamlet and later while enjoying coffee and snacks at the tiny hall, they told how in this region thirty percent of the men over 18 had signed up for active duty. Out of that 30% who went off to fight, one out of three didn’t come back. What a sacrifice! What courage to run into the face of an almost unstoppable killing machine called Nazi Germany! Most of us don’t know if we could muster up that kind of backbone if we were called to do the same.

These soldiers fought and died to preserve the freedoms passed on to us by our British ancestry and in John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” the writer says “To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high, If you break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow, in Flanders Fields.” Let’s not drop that torch! Let us hold it high and challenge anyone who would attempt to make us relinquish that hard fought for freedom to the whims of people like Hitler or Musselini. Let us be ever mindful that these characters can present their latent desires for power in subtle ways and can be found in our own society, in our local, provincial or federal governments and their NGO’s, striving to take power away from the individual.

As we left the graveyard, the woman who looked after the records and business of operating it, lamented to me about the ‘cemetery police’. There were threats to revoke their permits if the licence number wasn’t clearly displayed at the gate at all times, threats of fines to churches for ringing their bells because of noise bylaws and a frustrating amount of extra paperwork that they now had to produce. This all seemed very “Nazi-like’ in nature, to me. Do these ‘little dictators’ think that they can get away with this creeping government intrusion into the lives of good, law-abiding citizens? Do they think that all young people who were willing to fight for freedom are all under the ground? There has been no shortage of young people today, willing to go off to distant lands to defend us, but we here at home, must not let governments of all stripes reduce the freedoms they fought for.

I call on all government bureaucrats to curb your enthusiasm when enforcing laws that you know in your hearts, have no place in the lives of free people. Remember well, the judgements at the Nuremburg Trials, when the court stated that “just doing my job is not an excuse” and thus any of us who cross the line that infringes the rights of others are just as guilty of breaking the law, as those who ordered them to do it.

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Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives (October/November 2015)

Tom-Black

Tom Black

It was great to see Canadians turning up in such large numbers on November 11, (35,000 in Ottawa at the Cenotaph) to show respect and remember those great men and women (boys and girls) who, since the war of 1812 have so courageously stepped up to come to the defence of the free world.

I attended the Sunday ceremony in a small town nearby called Munster Hamlet and later while enjoying coffee and snacks at the tiny hall, they told how in this region thirty percent of the men over 18 had signed up for active duty. Out of that 30% who went off to fight, one out of three didn’t come back. What a sacrifice! What courage to run into the face of an almost unstoppable killing machine called Nazi Germany! Most of us don’t know if we could muster up that kind of backbone if we were called to do the same.

These soldiers fought and died to preserve the freedoms passed on to us by our British ancestry and in John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” the writer says “To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high, If you break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow, in Flanders Fields.” Let’s not drop that torch! Let us hold it high and challenge anyone who would attempt to make us relinquish that hard fought for freedom to the whims of people like Hitler or Musselini. Let us be ever mindful that these characters can present their latent desires for power in subtle ways and can be found in our own society, in our local, provincial or federal governments and their NGO’s, striving to take power away from the individual.

As we left the graveyard, the woman who looked after the records and business of operating it, lamented to me about the ‘cemetery police’. There were threats to revoke their permits if the licence number wasn’t clearly displayed at the gate at all times, threats of fines to churches for ringing their bells because of noise bylaws and a frustrating amount of extra paperwork that they now had to produce. This all seemed very “Nazi-like’ in nature, to me. Do these ‘little dictators’ think that they can get away with this creeping government intrusion into the lives of good, law-abiding citizens? Do they think that all young people who were willing to fight for freedom are all under the ground? There has been no shortage of young people today, willing to go off to distant lands to defend us, but we here at home, must not let governments of all stripes reduce the freedoms they fought for.

I call on all government bureaucrats to curb your enthusiasm when enforcing laws that you know in your hearts, have no place in the lives of free people. Remember well, the judgements at the Nuremburg Trials, when the court stated that “just doing my job is not an excuse” and thus any of us who cross the line that infringes the rights of others are just as guilty of breaking the law, as those who ordered them to do it.

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