Lest We Forget

November 15, 2012

I visited the war memorial after the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Corner Brook to view the magnificent new statues. During the actual ceremony, I was busy writing a major paper. When the mill whistle blasted at 11, my work ceased for a few moments.

“Many a home has been darkened with the shadow of bereavement as the Casualty List, day by day has flashed across the ocean. The sympathy of the whole community has gone forth, both to the brave Lads’ who have suffered, and
to their anxious and sorrowing relatives at home. The gloom of these dark days, however, will be lightened up by the glorious heroism, which the Regiment displayed, and the glory it has achieved both for itself and the old Colony
which it proudly represents.” (Diocesan Magazine 124).

 

“The only visible sign that the men knew they were under this terrific fire,” wrote one observer, “was that they all instinctively tucked their chins into an advanced shoulder as they had so often done when fighting their way home against a blizzard in some little outport in far off Newfoundland” (Raley 37–40).

 

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”  ─Plato

 

“You cannot prevent and prepare for war at the same time.”  ─Albert Einstein

 

“The military don’t start wars.  Politicians start wars.”  ─William Westmoreland

 

“Older men declare war.  But it is the youth that must fight and die.”  ─Herbert Hoover

 

Lest we forget.