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War is not a game


As a follow-up to the Remembrance Day programs this Nov. 11, the response from the community at first glance seemed overwhelming.

The Royal Canadian Legion members, supported by schools and other organizations, are doing their utmost to promote the message of remembrance and the sacrifices made by various generations through wars and peacekeeping efforts.

The Legion has hosted essay and coloring contests in the schools and youth groups – such as cadets, girl guides (including Sparks and Brownies) and scouts (Beavers and Cubs as well) – wherever they operate attempt to have their groups take active roles in Remembrance Day and, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial Day programs.

The turnout at wreath laying services is admirable with the community taking an active role in saluting past and present Armed Forces personnel, policing and fire department organizations and first responders, who often put their lives on the line to help others.

For awhile during the 90s, remembrance programs slipped in attendance but the Afghanistan and Gulf Wars with Canadian participation – in many cases with close relatives in these war theatres – during the early years of this 21st Century has meant more realization of the consequences of these conflicts.

Whether the message is actually being imprinted on the minds of our children is questionable though. Let’s hope so.

If parents or youth group leaders are not encouraging their children to attend remembrance programs, then there’s very few finding their way to war memorials during these services. School assemblies in many cases mean free time from the regular class schedule.

It doesn’t mean the effort shouldn’t continue though to spark a recognition in our children that war is not the answer to nations’ disputes – it’s hell on earth.

Those horrors are quite often etched in the faces of our war veterans, or reflected in their eyes, as they attend memorial services. They can remember and we can only imagine.

It’s not a game as so many of the videos now portray – people do die in war! They aren’t reincarnated to live another day and fight again.

And when we think the atrocities of past wars can’t be repeated, we can look to the civil conflicts now being experienced in Arab, African and Asian countries or the latest advance of Israeli troops/weaponry into the Gaza Strip.

Lest we forget. War is not the solution.

However, it has become a reason why mankind does not live in harmony.

George Macvicar, Editor/Manager

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