I know this isn't a particularly original sentiment, but the sacrifices of our soldiers are pretty remarkable. Thanks to them, I have all sorts of nifty freedoms..up to and including this blog. And this Remembrance Day is particularly poignant, as it marks 90 years since the end of the First World War. For me, this day is all about remembering my two grandfathers. One was a bombardier, flying in Halifax bombers as part of 148 Squadron, Special Operations Executive. The other was a radio operator on the HMS Empire Spearhead, serving in the Pacific. Although they aren't with us anymore, I'd still like to say thanks for everything they did. It means a lot to me.
If you'd like to do some Remembrance Day-themed reading, here are a few links you might be interested in:
- The Toronto Star has posted a collection of Canadian war stories.
- The Globe & Mail asks: "we're fighting again. Is this part of a national character?"
- An American Photographer is racing to photograph the last surviving WWI vets around the world.
- Torontoist has an interesting piece on a Toronto pilot who perished in WWII, as told through letters.
So please, spare a few moments thought for our veterans today. War is an ugly business, but that does not dimish the heroism of the men and women who fight in it.