Today we ask you … No, that’s wrong “we,” whoever that might be, ask nothing, I, personally, on my own, ask you to take two minutes, that’s all, and remember that over 100,000 (mostly) young men (a good many young women, too and some older people ~ Lieutenant Commander Frank Campbell was 39 when he was killed in action over 75 years ago, Brigadier John Lawson was 54) went overseas to fight in Canada’s wars, and never came home. Millions of Canadians went to war but 100,000+ are buried in “some foreign field” or, as with most sailors and many aircrew, have no known grave at all. They did not die fighting in their wars, nor were they your wars, they were Canada’s wars, from 1899 until 2014, and many young men and women are still overseas, today, ready to fight again if needed.
So I ask you to take two minutes to, quietly, silently, think about lives snuffed out almost before they had even begun. Don’t think about fighting or courage or democracy or anything like that, just think, please about loss ~ a mother’s loss, a wife’s loss and, in a way, our entire civilization’s loss.
I really hope that you cannot put a face or a name to your remembrance. I hope you never experienced that loss. But, please, take a moment to share the loss with those who do. Sadly, the Legion has a whole new generation of Silver Cross Mothers. They can never forget, nor should we.