Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Salute to a Brave and Modest Nation

Tomorrow marks another Remembrance Day in Canada, a day where we honour our veterans.

I posted this back in 2008 and it bears repeating. It's by Kevin Myers, an Irish Journalist. This article has appeared in the National Post, the Sunday Telegraph and elsewhere on the net.

LONDON - Until the deaths last week of four Canadian soldiers accidentally killed by a U.S. warplane in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops were deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will now 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....go here to read the rest.


kaye said...

such a remarkable day for Canadian...

lila said...

salute to Canada indeed!!
lovely blog,is so refreshing to encounter words instead of so many images...lovely indeed!

Debby said...

I salute your brave and modest nation!

A Novel Woman said...

Thank you everyone, on behalf of my many relatives who fought in WWII in the army, navy and Royal Air Force, most of whom said nary a word after it was all over.

BB said...

Can I just note that I think Australia and Canada are SO alike. Just because you don't trumpet achievements and great deeds from the rooftops, doesn't mean they don't get noticed or appreciated.

Aussies aren't great applauders - we tend to clap on the INSIDE. Regardless of whether the applaudees are home-grown or not.

We love Canucks. Cause in so many ways, we are JUST like you. (Except we don't sound like Americans! *ducks*).

I salute Canada. (And modesty rocks!)