Those who have served deserve more. . .
“I know there are old demons, which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death. . .Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying ‘our interests first, who cares about the others,’ we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.” These words were spoken by French President Emmanuel Macron at ceremonies on Rememberance Day 2018. They paint a stark warning to the world, given by the leader of France. Another quote also pops out at me today. ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’ The quote is most likely due to writer and philosopher George Santayana, and in its original form it read, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
A video on Global News’ website shows world leaders marching down Champs-Élysées in show of unity on centenary of Armistice, but one familiar face is missing from the crowd. After the march had completed and the world leaders had taken their place, Donald Trump and his wife strolled in at a leisurely pace. This comes only a day after Trump cancelled a visit to a graveyard with fallen heroes of World War One because of the rain.
Today, a massive disrespect for the fallen soldiers, for those who have fought, for those who have served has been shown. Trump has shown he is incapable of proper social ettiquite. He has shown that he does not care about history, he does not care about those in the service, and he has clearly shown that he thinks himself more important than anyone else on the planet.
This brings us to the bulk of what I wanted to write to you about today. I try to be as fair as possible. I try my hardest not to judge people because I don’t know where people have come from. I don’t always succeed, but the important thing is that I try. My family members have served, have fought and have died so that I could have the best life possible for myself, and at the moment, my life isn’t all that bad. I try to honour their sacrifice every day that I can. I try to be the best person that I can be, and I constantly try to improve myself so that I am taking advantage of all that they have given me. The gift of freedom (whether illusionary or not) is a huge one to give. To give up your own freedom, your own life for someone else’s ability to life a life of happiness is one of the greatest gifts that I can think of.
November 11th is a time of reflection for me. It is a day where I sit and reflect on all that I have been given due to these sacrifices that have been given for me, and a day where I pay silent tribute to those men and women who gave their lives for mine.
I find it a huge insult when someone who is supposed to be in one of the highest positions of power in the United States says he’s not going to be attending a service dedicated to these men and women because of a few drops of rain, and then decides that he is too good to take part in a march used to symbolize understanding of the sacrifice made by these fine men and women while paying tribute to them.
I watched some of the videos that were captured when Donald Trump arrived at the ceremonial grounds. Not only did he not take part in paying tribute, but it almost appeared as if he was taking a long, leisurely stroll and walking in like he owned the place. What this tells me is that this man has no respect for those who fought in war, he has no respect for those that have fallen or come back with permanent mental/physical scars, he has no respect for the world leaders that were present, he has no respect for the people of his country and he has no respect for the position of power in which he finds himself.
This callous, uncaring display of ignorance is something that everyone should be upset about. It shows a massive disregard for freedoms, for the sanctity of life and sacrifice.
Before I go on and ramble too much on this, I’m going to finish this post here.
To all the individuals who have served, I salute you. I thank you whole heartedly, and I express my utmost thanks for what you have done. I look up to you.