Friday, November 11, 2011

Photo: Remembering Lessons of the Past

Visit any Canadian community that already existed in 1914, and you're practically assured to find a war memorial there - carved with names upon names of the fallen, no matter how few people called that place home when the soldiers went Over There. Photographed below is a representative sample: the war memorial in Minto, New Brunswick. They help, I think, teach us respect, and demonstrate that slowly but surely, we might be getting a lesson through our thick heads after all. Consider what would have been going on a hundred years ago - would there have been protests in the streets over invading Iraq in 1903, of shoring up rebels against an unpalatable dictator in 1911, or spending ten years in Afghanistan from 1901?

They didn't have the experience back then - that was when war was still "glorious." There is such a thing as progress... now we know better. Somewhat.

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