Saturday, November 11, 2006

We pause to remember those who did not grow old
And every year there are fewer and fewer of the aging veterans whom we can thank and pay respect to for their sacrifices in the wars. Today there are only three Canadian veterans still living who served in WW1.
But sadly, there is an entirely new generation of soldiers losing their lives in war. And regardless of our feelings about this war, we must respect their sacifices and honour their memory, and pay tribute to the comrades who served with them.
War,being a universally divisive subject, has spawned a great number of moving and thought-provoking songs.
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This version of The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda by the Pogues breaks my heart.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just listened to the song you had posted. Extremely moving.

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

I qould be honoured, Toccata, and I will return the favour.

That is a very moving song, isn't it? It was written by Eric Bogle, and some of his war songs absolutely wrench my heart out. I need to find some of his music.

Allison said...

That was an extremely moving song, very fitting.

I agree that we must respect sacifices and honour memories. I just had a heated conversation on this topic, and it saddens me when others forget.

Deb said...

There is a petition for a state funeral for the last remaining veteran when he passes:

http://www.dominion.ca/petition/

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I will check into that petition, Deb. Thanks for letting me know.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i was listening to this song early this morning, and i didn't even realize it was rememberance day. i can't believe i forgot. :(

Ben said...

Friday night I was playing Rum, Sodomy and The Lash, and I was thinking to myself, "this is possibly the best track on the album" when I played Waltzing Matilda.

We must never forget the sacrifice Barbara, whichever war, whichever nation.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a strange coincidence then that you were listening to that song, 668. It was a little odd, with Remembrance Day being on a Saturday this year; I can see how it would slip your mind.

And there are some pretty great songs on that album too, Ben, but I agree about the power of Waltzing Mathilda.
And I know that you do more than most of us to ensure that we never forget, and I thank you for that.

Barbara said...

Very moving song.
thank you for sharing it.

Will said...

Well put ... you always say it so well.

mellowlee said...

That song is very heartwrenching Barb! Thanks for writing this post!

Remember when businesses would remain closed on Rememberance Day? *sad* Now they may open later, or just "business as usual" I find it very disrespectful, and somehow it discourages people from paying proper attention. There was a sad lack of red poppie wearing yesterday I noticed!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i have always felt that this really should be the most important holiday of the year. i've often thought it should be expanded to not only remember veterans but to celebrate peace. i've always felt that this is one of the few holidays that are not really based on religion or the monarchy etc.

what kills me is that this is not a national holiday but is selected by province. places like ontario do not recognise it as a holiday.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It is a very touching song, isn't it, Barbara W? I'm glad you found it that way as well.

Oh thank you Will, that's so sweet of you.

There does seem to be less and less attention paid to any holiday when it comes to retail, doesn't there, Mel? It's the almighty dollar that reigns there.
I'm happy to report that I have been spotting lots and lots of poppies this year. And I never lost mine once. (I normally have to buy 3 or 4 because I am always losing them.) So next year I shall have to give them more money to make up for only buying one.

Ontario still doesn't recognize it as a holiday, 668? I have to admit I am a little conflicted about having NOv 11 a holiday; on the one hand, I want it recognized for the important day it is, but on the other hand I don't want it becoming just another day off from school/work where it quickly loses significance.

mellowlee said...

Some businesses on the Drive closed until 10:30 or 11am so they could go to services. I remember my first day of work at the Spa in 2002 was November 11th. We stood in the window and watched the vetrans parade down The Drive. I was not happy about starting on that particular day.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's just not right, Mel. We should be able to be out there supporting the veterans.

Allison said...

Um, I'd just like to add most places in Ontario do recognize it as a holiday. Banks, libraries, etc are closed (if not for the full day, the morning, which was the case with the libraries yesterday).
Its an interesting coversation, if its made a full holiday, will it loose significance?

Anonymous said...

Some that are against the state funeral are against it only because they worry that it might be seen as a symbol of closure. "Let's just close the door on WWI. No need to think about it anymore," when clearly we do.

Hard to know what is the right thing to do. It does seem like a lovely thought all the same.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It might, Allison, which is why a partial day might not be a bad thing - long enough to have time off to pay tribute, but not long enough to sleep in or otherwise ignore the significance of the day.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sorry Toccata, I missed you there.

I don't see that having a state funeral would necessarily close the matter. There are enough people with family memories of members lost in that war and those families pass along those stories. I have hope that we will have long memories.