If Ye Break Faith

This blog is dedicated to the promotion of educating about the Canadian experience of World War One. To discover who we are as a nation in the 21st Century, we must understand our past.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Purpose

I've often asked myself who were these men whose names are etched in marble and stone on plinths and monuments, town to town, city to city across this great land of ours?  My hometown of Markham, Ontario even has streets, the signs marked with poppies named in homour of some of the local fallen.  Though, I don't imagine anyone who lives on those streets would be able to say anything of note about the men from whom the names are taken.

The living memory of the First World War is escaping us, and strong efforts are needed to help preserve it.  Most importantly as regards who gave their lives, for to remember their sacrifice is to put a human element on the cost of war, and that might help us reconsider the reasons to wage war at all.

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