21 September 2009

When You Go Home.

Quote: When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today.
I have a friend who is in the Canadian Army. And while our friendship stemmed from the most unusual and funny of circumstances, he is a friend all the same.
And I'm not going to lie. Everytime I hear on the news that another Canadian Soldier has passed away, a part of me prays it's not him. It is the simple reality if you have a friend or a loved one in the military....for a brief second, you stop, pause and pray when the news comes on.
I would like to say that it is a relief when I find out it's not him. But that is simply not the case. Because the reality is that I realize that somewhere there is a person grieving for the lost of their friend and loved one. There is no solace in that.
It's easy to remove one's self from the war and argue the merits of our engagement in said war. But what should never be argued is that when a soldier dies, that loss for the friend, spouse, parent or child is our loss too.
If a country and the freedoms it posesses' are based on ideals, then someone must stand for and represent those ideals.
We take for granted that we will always be able to wake up at our leisure, go about our day, and come home. We take for granted that we can speak freely, express our opinions and desires; that there will be a venue to do so and listen to those opinions.
But for many citizens of the world, that's just not a reality. I can argue the merits of a conflict, and the excuses behind them. But what I can never argue is that the rights we are afforded should be an option for all the worlds people. It's not up to me to tell them to take that option, but the option they must have none the less.
And our military, for good are bad, are the ultimate symbol of those ideals. Soldiers represent our voices. They represent our dreams. They don't just protect our physical selves. They protect our spiritual and mental selves too. Our freedom is not perfect. We as a country will never agree. But the fact that we don't have to is a testament to the brave men and women of today and yesteryears who stepped up to the call to protect our ideals we so cherish.
It is instinctual to want to protect those you love and hold most dearest, like your friends and family. But how many of us will be willing to put our life on the line to make sure all Canadians will be able to do the same?
And I will leave you with my final thougths: Remember tomorrow what is sacrified today. Thank the soldier who goes about his way.
*Dani's note: This is the kick off to military week! I can't wait to hear your thoughts. *

1 comment:

Joanna said...

Very nice, Dan.

I hope you enjoy Fifteen Days, although I guess "enjoy" really isn't the best term. It's a tearjerker, and I guarantee it's an excellent read.

PS - I've requested Passchendaele from the library, so maybe we can watch it at some point this week.