Yesterday, in anticipation of Veterans’ Day, I paid homage to the U.S. military being the most important organization on Earth.
In Canada (as throughout the British Commonwealth), November 11th is referred to as Remembrance Day and poppies are worn in observance. The poppies are a reference to the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by a Canadian war physician named Dr. John McRae. In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row.
While Remembrance Day evokes memories in Canadians of those who served in WWI, WWII, Korea and in Afghanistan, this year it takes on additional meaning as it evokes the memory of Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was shot and killed last month by a Muslim jihadist while standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa as well as the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was run down by another Muslim jihadist in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Because of these tragedies, the biggest crowd has assembled at the National War Memorial since the beginning of WWII.
We may wish that there be no more wars. Yet this serves as a reminder that war isn’t something of the distant past. As long as there is evil in the world there will always be war of one kind or another. What we are learning from our jihadist enemies is that the danger to our soldiers doesn’t end when they leave the battlefield or, in the case of Fort Hood, before they are deployed to the battlefield.
This is a Remembrance Day Canadians won’t soon forget and hopefully never will.