LETTER: It’s not war being celebrated

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Re: Charles Jeanes letter “Why do we celebrate war?” (Nelson Star, February 28)

There are so many problems I see within this letter.  Sadly, if this represents the majority of Canadians I am saddened deeply and even more resolved in my purpose.

Politicians have no interest in educating us, it is everyone’s responsibility to educate themselves and gain an understanding of past events.

Don’t expect our government to educate those who have no real interest in the past.

They have already done this, as Remembrance Day is covered in elementary school still to this day.

If the “commemorate” the start of the First World War comment is a reference to Remembrance Day, clearly Mr. Jeanes memory has failed him.

As I understand it,  we remember those who have served or fallen for our country and the date is the end of the First World War, not the beginning.

Please forgive me if I misinterpreted your reference as it was vague.

Legions justifying war?  Sir how many legion members do you know personally?  Perhaps research the purpose of the legion to gain a better understanding of what they do for the communities they are in.

I could go on and on, but I suspect most readers of this letter don’t actually need educating.

“Why do we celebrate war?” Wow catchy title but we don’t.

We remember those who have served, for right or for wrong.

Such as the Polish friend who was French resistance, survived Auschwitz and kept the tattoo number on her arm as a reminder (her family did not survive).

Or the uncle I never met.

I do have photographs and other documents about him, because I researched it.

Drew Swan


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