CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:10 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 10:57 AM ET
Have to agree with Cpl. Krangle, it is beyond inappropriate to exploit Memorial Day with yet another phony holiday ‘sale’ and shows no respect for our veterans, living and dead..
Then again, no ‘sale’ on any public holiday advertised as such is truly appropriate..but you hear little if any criticism of it..Still the media is happy to headline such a critique during a sensitive time in Canadian history, when we are still feeling the sting of the recent murders of Canadians on home soil by people who should have been treated for mental disorders, but were instead free to acquire arms and act on their own hallucinations…
By centering attention on the stores, all part of the capitalist system that CBC gratefully buys into every five minutes on their TV network, it is easy to forget why these men had to die, and the reasons get lost in the noise and pontifications from our elected leaders..
Why is their such a reduced amount of gun control in this country?
Why are those in dire need of mental health doctors and facilities ignored, put back out on the streets and left to fend for themselves? Let us not forget that one of these sick men begged for incarceration, and told authorities he would be repeating his acts of violence if not stopped..he was not stopped.
Why is the fact that a murdered soldier involved in the hospitalization and rehab of veterans and soldiers is not given the same attention as one guarding a monument? Could it be that this sort of publicity would draw voters’ attention to the fact that the Harper government has underfunded every program to rehabilitate vets?
On Remembrance Day, and please remember I am a Canadian citizen by choice, and always am cognizant of how happy that makes me, I think of my Russian-born Jewish grandfather, whose family escaped the pogroms of his village and came to the US, a handsome young doughboy in uniform in a formal portrait, who lived a long and good life, unlike many of his comrades..
I think of my Brooklyn, NY-born father, who lied about his age (15) to enlist and fight in WW2 and joined the SeaBees, a Navy Construction Battalion, because he was colorblind and could not be given a combat role, and the horrors of Guadalcanal and the surrounding areas that he had to deal with..my mother told me he used to wake up screaming during the early years of their married life….
I think about all the teenage boys that I went to school with who were forced into the Vietnam War, and those who came back alive were often damaged in ways that were not necessarily visible to the eye…often as drug addicts who had the shadowed hollow eyes of desperation.
This year, of course, I’ll be thinking about the men who died so needlessly in this war of Harper’s making…not because of his decision to get involved, yet again, in the countries far away that are not a concern of ours except as our old role of peacekeepers would dictate, but the men who died here because of his policies of scorched earth when it comes to social justice or helping those who cannot help themselves…
Perhaps Cpl. Krangle will find my musings inappropriate, but to paraphrase Scrooge, “Let me honor Remembrance Day in my own way..”