Russ, Donny and John:
Was going to let this be but I gotta stick in my 2 cents worth here. I think you all know how I feel about Vets
If it wasn't for our Vets, we would not be able to live in freedom, peace and prosperity as we do today. Hey, it ain't perfect, but it sure as hell ain't what my Dad grew up under in Germany during the 30's and 40's... but as far as I am concerned we live in the two greatest countries in the world.
Wether you were a WW1 or WW2, Korea, the Belgian Congo, the Cold War, Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Bosnia, Gulf War 1, any war I have missed or the current conflict, we all owe our Vets a debt of thanks that can never be repaid.
I have been an advocate for Veterans Rights in Canada for over a decade, keep banging my head up against the wall and not getting very far, but I have also been an advocate for almost 30 years now of what is commonly refered to in Britain as National Service. I believe in my bones, that every citizen of Canada, and I would also say the US, should serve a minimum of 2 years National Service prior to going on to College or University. That 2 years would preferably be in the Military, but in Volunteer categories such as National Health, Peace Corps or other such organizations would also suffice.
Unfortunately, I do not think our politicians have the guts to institute this as it might be construed as a "modified draft" in the US, or as a "modified conscription" here in Canada. I think the Peaceniks would also have a field day. But then again as Charles Province so aptly stated, them Peaceniks wouldn't be able to be Peaceniks if it wasn't for soldiers
My nephew who is a Greek, served 3 years in the Greek Army as his National Service. My cousins served in the Bundeswehr for 2 years for their National Service. The Swiss demand that every citizen serve a minimum of 2 years and then a lifetime in the Militia/Reserves as part of their National Service. As an interesting note, when I got posted with the Navy to Germany back in 1983, I had to relinquish my dual citizenship rights so as not to be called up for my National Service term in the Bundeswehr or the KriegsMarine.... that would have been a fine kettle of fish now wouldn't it - be serving two military masters at the same time...
Russ, I really do agree with you comments. John you know how I feel. And Donny, YOU do know how I feel about Honour, Duty - for God and Country. And I DO KNOW where your boys get it from too! Dads do provide one heck of a role model for their sons, and you done great.
Be proud of your sons, I know Keith is a good un
btw, I also fly my Nation's flag at my home. I am proud to be a Canadian and prouder to be a Canadian Vet.
Today, is also the one day that I make a point to Remember ALL of my fellow Canadian men and women who are serving in the US Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and in many other theatres. I also remember my fellow comrades in arms who are currently serving in the Canadian Forces on active combat duty in Afghanistan and in Peacekeeping billets all over the world
Happy Rememberance Day/Veteran's Day to all