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Weep (and not crocodile tears) for those who made what is routinely and somewhat hollowly described as the "ultimate sacrifice,'' because that is proper. But grant them honour rather than pity, and acknowledge their commitment to duty rather than undermine it by exploiting the loss.
Fallen soldiers knew the risks: Troops should be honoured, not pitied
Originally posted by SpinDropSmile
With all the mayhem and unrest in the world. Along with all the petty bickering amongst media news freaks and so on. I invite people to ask a soldier what there take on this crap is.
The president of the Charlottetown Legion Branch Number 1 says flags on federal government buildings should be lowered to half-mast whenever a solider dies, and not just on Nov. 11.
"It's just a sign of respect and appreciation for what they have done, and I certainly think [flags] should be lowered," says Doucette.
A Nova Scotia man whose son was killed in Afghanistan says the federal government is making a mistake in not lowering the flag to mark military deaths.
Jim Davis's son, Paul, died when his armoured vehicle overturned outside Kandahar on March 2.
"I think they're trying to deflect the attention away from our soldiers that are killed in action," Davis said. "Well, our soldiers are falling. That flag should be at half-mast."
Nova Scotia Deputy Premier Ron Russell, a Second World War veteran, said Wednesday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper exercised “poor judgment” in deciding when he did to stop lowering the flag above the Peace Tower when Canadian soldiers are killed in action.
“I think he showed very poor judgment in timing,” Mr. Russell told reporters. “I think it's a very, very bad time to make that kind of a change.”
Relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan are reacting with dismay to government changes in the way Canada's war dead are commemorated, changes the defence minister says were made without the input of military families.
"I feel that these soldiers deserve recognition that the flag should be at half-mast for each and every one of them,'' said Beerenfenger, whose husband was killed by a roadside bomb near Kabul in 2003.
"My question is simple,” Mr. Dinning said in the letter, read in Parliament by Liberal MP Paul Steckle.
“For all the support and respect you say publicly, why do you choose not to fly the flag on Parliament Hill at half-mast when one of our soldiers was killed?
“When I called your Heritage Minister's office this week to inquire why it wasn't lowered in the death of Private Robert Costall [who was killed in March in Afghanistan], I was told it is usually done for politicians and VIPs.
Originally posted by sardion2000
Respect for the dead has nothing to do with this decision, anyone who believes this is naive. It's just an attempt to control public opinion, which I might add, hasn't wavered one iota since this war began.