page is dedicated to all Armed Forces Fighting for Our Freedom.
is a misnomer, There is nothing Free about it. It has been won at Extreme costs.
Canadian Armed Forces are one of the most underrated in the world.
Canadians are so proud of you and hope you are blessed and return to us safely.
our American Brothers and Sisters fighting alongside our forces
quotes, letters, pictures and stories are reproduced with the kind permission of
dedicate these pages to my father Corporal William Andrew Sanderson who served
in WWII with the R.C.A.F. Mentioned in Dispatches to King George and
as I live, I will never be able to understand the courage that he endured to be
able to serve and defend our freedom.
Sanderson (Sandy) is inscribed in the honour roll at Toronto City Hall as one of
Our Gallant Forces in Afghanistan and the fallen heroes returning
home are honoured by Canada.
The Highway our returning fallen take home
Hearse bringing one of our fallen home and true Canadians along
Canadians honouring their Fallen Hero on the Highway of Heroes
Our Forces, Bless Them All
I have heard enough from the Liberal uninitiated idiots from
Canada that do not either support the war in Afghanistan or our troops. If we do
not take the war to the terrorists, then they will bring the war to us. If we
help countries like Afghanistan to throw off the yoke of oppression, then they
will not harbour terrorists such as we have seen from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and
Pakistan. When their families die in some terrorist attack on Toronto, the
Liberals will scream for the government to "do something". We are doing
something NOW. Every time I hear of another Canadian soldier dying in
Afghanistan, another little piece of my heart dies, another of Canada's best has
been taken, but I know for a fact, we are doing something worthwhile to make the
world a better place for us all. We CANNOT let the terrorists win.
British news paper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read.
funny how it took someone in England to put it into words... Sunday
Telegraph Article From today's UK wires:
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably
almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian
troops are deployed in the region.
And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world,
as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly
everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada's historic mission is
to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers,
and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall,
waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out,
she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers
serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes,
there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped
Glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent
with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two
For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions:
It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new
one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the
gratitude it deserved.
Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two
world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of
Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed
forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great
Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the
most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's
unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as
somehow or other the work of the 'British.'
The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war
with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the
Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships
participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian
soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.
Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth
largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same
sublime indifference as it had the previous time.
Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was
necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the
United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness
which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of
a separate Canadian identity.
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood
keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary
Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William
Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and
Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and
Christopher Plummer, British.
It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be
Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as
a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find
Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of
its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of
them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by
anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the
world's peacekeeping forces.
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest
peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN
peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian
imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which out-of-control
paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then
disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for
which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless
friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things
for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains
something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which
Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past
year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically
Lest we forget.