Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Further to the musings below about the freedom to think thoughts that may not be officially Canadian, I note Geoff Read's post about Remembrance Day, at Active History today:
[T]he assertion that the cenotaph symbolizes all Canadians who have sacrificed “in the cause of peace and freedom—past, present, and future,” serves to legitimate not just Canadian participation in World War One, but all Canadian military actions since then. Accordingly, it behooves us to think critically about the notion that the over 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who died in the Great War sacrificed themselves for the cause of freedom.
Whatever you are remembering, take a moment at 11:00 this morning.

I was looking today at the Toronto poppy map, the one that puts a poppy on every Toronto home with a casualty from either World War or Korea.  For the Second World War alone, there's a poppy next door, one just down the block, one around the corner, one across the back fence....

Image: from Wikipedia.
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