They are proud of what they and the western world did and it was something that needed to be done.
(“Vets Giving D-Day One Last Salute Wonder About The World They Are Leaving Behind,” Brandon Sun online, June 6.)
But all that was a long time ago. Now there are mixed feelings and a sense of lost purpose because of what is taking place in today’s time and with todays issues.
There is a sense that democracy and freedoms are slipping away and the efforts of so many thousands who gave their all, have been for naught.
How soon we forget:
For the most, our leaders of today are from the generations of the ’50s and ’60s. They have no personal recollection of the wars as those generations of the ’30s and ’40s. They read and are briefed, but war to them is something that happened in another lifetime.
They are not alone:
With our governments of today, the only time the true principles of democracy come into play and take centre stage is in the voting booth. After that, democracy goes out the back door and into the dumpster. From then on, the prime minister and his PMO literally take over.
There is no more representation by those who are elected to serve on behalf of their electorate, for they have or will soon become assimilated into the quagmire of passiveness. Much like a spreading infection, our system of governance has become contaminated.
Those who do not succumb will find appropriate seating on the bench of independence.
Canadians must speak out and breath life back into the flickering embers of democracy to restore the flame, or in years to come, anarchy and chaos, such as what we see and read about in other countries will become a reality in Canada.
Is that what we want to look forward to? For this is what our veterans perceive in the world today.
Freedom isn't free, someone had to pay for it! Those sacrifices were much too great to ignore.
John Fefchak, veteran