Many know not why I really joined the military many moons ago-even as a reservist; and what I carry in my heart today. Lets just say I do what I can in support of the military all these these long years.............
Canadians In Afghanistan - remembrance
Today an article.. I have not been able to check the validity, but I know our Canadian history & I know it is true to that which they reference...
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Good Moring Scott,
It's now about dinner time in Afghanistan and I believe you all are just starting work, time change is an amazing thing. A fellow Canadian Captain serving in Afghanistan was sent this article about Canada's contribution to the world stage from a British newspaper. An interesting read.
Sunday Telegraph Article From today's UK wires: Salute to a brave and
>modest nation - Kevin Myers,
>The Sunday Telegraph
>LONDON - Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan ,
>probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that
>Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury
>its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its
>sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.
>It seems that Canada 's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid
>both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is
>over, to be well and truly ignored.Canada is the perpetual wallflower that
>stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for
>a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow
>dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired
>and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those
>she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting
>her yet again.
>That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with
>the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two
>global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two
>different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an
>address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never
>fully got the gratitude it deserved.
>Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world
>wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada 's
>entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during
>the First World War, and nearly
>60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by
>Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British
>order of battle.
>Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, its
>unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as
>somehow or other the work of the "British." The Second World War provided a
>re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and
>ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More
>than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during
>which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished
>the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the
>The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the
>previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film
>only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in
>which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching
>scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has
>any notion of a separate Canadian identity.
>So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood
>keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary
>Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William
>Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and
>Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher
>Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a
>Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as
>unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved
>quite unable to find any takers.
>Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of
>its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of
>them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone
>else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's
>peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been
>the greatest peace keepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and
>six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor , from Sinai
>Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular on-Canadian
>imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control
>paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then
>disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for
>which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
>So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless
>friendship its northern neighbor has given it in Afghanistan ? Rather like
>Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honorable things for honorable
>motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a
>figure of fun.
>It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honor
>comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew
>that cost all too tragically well.
>**** **** Please pass the on to any of your friends or relatives who served
>in the Canadian Forces, it is a wonderful tribute to those who choose to
>serve their country and the world in our quiet Canadian way.
Good reading all :D and a chance to reflect on a lot !!