We have been busy fighting about Canadian History this year regarding subject matter and how the Feds spend money on awareness of our past. The campaign to promote the events of the War of 1812 became a lighting rod for various groups and interested parties who felt that other issues should be supported or that the money should have been spent elsewhere or to balance the budget.
Well round 2 is about to begin. The 100th anniversary of the First World War is just around the corner and if any war defined Canada as a nation and impacted our people, culture, national awareness and claimed Canadian lives – it was WWI. Remember – the word we use every November 11th, Remember – the clarion call to bring peace to the world and recognize the sacrifice that we have made as a people and as individuals all came from those terrible battlefields of the First World War.
This is an event to promote and examine for many reasons and motives, the least of which may be the horrible face of war and its consequences. Let’s make an effort to celebrate, remember, learn from, to avoid repeating it, and also gain an understanding of who we are as a people and how this great event changed the course of political, social, cultural, economic, and many other threads of Canadian development. Ask for, demand, pressure, expect, and get another look at this event on its 100th anniversary. So much of Canada today comes from our involvement and the world;s involvement in this catastrophic event.