This video, set to an excerpt from a speech speech that former British MP and Defence Secretary Michael Portillo gave to the Conservative Party Conference in 1995, is applicable to Canada, to. We are also slow to quarrel but we, also, fight to win. We need to remember our “real history” of bravery in the face of tyranny.
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A Canadian soldier from Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Regiment prepares ammunition for rifle drills during Partnership of the Americas 2009 at Camp Blanding, Fla., April 16, 2009. Partnership of the Americas 2009, a multiservice, multinational exercise, is the oldest combined exercise within the Department of Defense. Marines with the 24th Marine Regiment conduct training exercises with marines from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay and soldiers from Canada as a part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 24. More than 25 ships, 50 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, 650 Marines, 6,500 Sailors and four submarines will participate in the exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Abby Burtner/Released)
An air-to-air left side view of a Soviet Bear H bomber aircraft alongside a Canadian CF-18 Hornet aircraft
UNDATED — Undated handout photo of Stuart Langridge. Langridge takes a break in Afghanistan. HANDOUT: Family photo. FOR SHARON KIRKEY (POSTMEDIA NEWS). 0810-soldiers-suicide
The recoil from the 155mm howitzer knocks the rammer from the hands of Canadian 2nd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery gunners as they fire in support of frontline troops during a mission at the forward operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Tuesday, April 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
English RE2012-0007-084 25 February 2012 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Arctic Ram 2012 Troops from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Para Company jump out of a CC-130J Hercules on the third pass over the drop zone during the final attack for Ex ARCTIC RAM. From February 14 to 26th , Exercise ARCTIC RAM will re-familiarize soldiers with Northern operations and provide a greater awareness of the demands of the Arctic and how to effectively operate within the environment. ARCTIC RAM 2012 is the biggest and most complex Army-led exercise ever undertaken in the Canadian Arctic. Approximately 1500 soldiers, predominantly from Edmonton, Alberta (AB), Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB) and Shilo, MB, will be conducting training in the Yellowknife to Gameti corridor. Photo Credit: Cpl Lindsay Grimster CFJIC Photographer Français RE2012-0007-084 25 février 2012 Yellowknife, Territoires du Nord-Ouest Arctic Ram 2012 Du 14 au 26 février 2012, l’exercice ARCTIC RAM refamiliarisera les soldats aux opérations nordiques et les préparera à être plus alerte et efficace opérationnellement dans un climat de type arctique. ARCTIC RAM est le plus gros et le plus complexe exercice jamais conduit par l’Armée dans l’Arctique Canadien. Environ 1500 soldats, principalement d’Edmonton, Alberta (AB), Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB) et Shilo (MB), prendront part à l’exercice. L’entraînement se déroulera dans la région de Yellowknife et s’étendra jusqu’au corridor Gameti. Crédit Photographique: Cpl Lindsay Grimster Photographe pour CFJIC
Aerial view (low level) of Task Force fueling in the Persian Gulf.
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There is more than enough honour and glory and sacrifice in our military history … which is still being written in 2017. As Michael Portillo says, “we are Conservatives,” and we will and must dare to speak of these things. My sense is that many, many Canadians, including younger Canadians living in urban centres want to proud of our country and of its military history … maybe many of their teachers have bought into a Marxist or Progressive world view but young people are curious as interested in our military past and present.