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This page is dedicated to all Armed Forces Fighting for Our Freedom.

Freedom is a misnomer, There is nothing Free about it. It has been won at Extreme costs.

 Our Canadian Armed Forces are one of the most underrated in the world.

 We Canadians are so proud of you and hope you are blessed and return to us safely.

Bless our American Brothers and Sisters fighting alongside our forces

 

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I 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 decorated hero.

 

As long as I live, I will never be able to understand the courage that he endured to be able to serve and defend our freedom.

 

William Sanderson (Sandy) is inscribed in the honour roll at Toronto City Hall as one of Canada's heroes.

 

 

 

 

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 the Highway

 

 

Ramp Ceremony

 

 

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.  

 

It is 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
Telegraph' LONDON:

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
global conflicts.

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
any takers.

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
well.

Lest  we forget.