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Show your true colours

April 25th, 2006

Once again, the military, and the deaths of soldiers are being exploited for the sake of political posturing. The (simulated) outrage from the Opposition parties regarding the government’s decision to return to the long-standing tradition of only lowering the Peace Tower flag on Nov.11 just makes me ill.

I find myself becoming increasingly irritated by the people who have been quoted on this subject who are simply using this as an opportunity to take a shot at the government or at our deployment in Afghanistan. I have had a couple of people at work try this with me and it becomes quickly obvious. They know nothing about Canada’s flag, military, or military history. A few basic questions soon shuts them up.

The parliament flag should only be lowered on Nov. 11 or to mark the passing of a prime minister or a senior member of the Royal family (head of state). Now, this is just my opinion and it really doesn’t carry that much weight.

You want an opinion that matters? Forget asking someone at Starbucks over a latte. Forget asking a politician, journalist or radio host. Go down to the Legion, or the retirement home, or the veteran’s wing in a hospital and ask around there. Go to your local armoury and ask there. These are the opinions that count!

Just because that particular flag is not lowered does not mean that the practice is not being observed. Flags at the relevant bases will be lowered. The soldiers’ hometowns will be marking their passing. This is how it should be, and how it has been until a couple of years ago.

If you are still not satisfied, why not make the strongest statement of all. All of you with front yards go out and get a flag and flagpole. Raise the flag, and if you wish lower it for the proper mourning period. Then raise it again. You don’t need someone else to make the statement for you.


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