On hallowed ground
- Ryan Aspell, a Grade 9 student at St. Bon’s in St. John’s, looks at graves in Cemetery No. 2 at the memorial site at Vimy Ridge, France, Monday. — Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
- Mother Canada, part of the Canadian National Memorial, looks down at the battlefield where approximately 3,600 Canadian soldiers died 95 years ago. — Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
- A scene from the ceremony at the Vimy Ridge memorial monument in France. — Photo by Caporal-chef Pierre Thériault, Imaging Services (Ottawa)(C)2012 DND-MDN Canada
- These students from Corner Brook Regional High School were among the almost 5,000 Canadian youth who did a three-kilometre silent procession from the French town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle to the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial Monday. Monday marked the 95th anniversary of the First World War battle. — Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
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- - April 10, 2012 at 20:23:48
Politically Incorrect! You are very correct but that is why we should never forget; to make sure it never happens again. This is the first year that there is no one left who can truly remember and so we have a responsibility to make sure we always remember. It is well said that if one does not know history we are apt to repeat it.
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- - April 10, 2012 at 09:00:22
Birth of a Nation??? Let's get this straight: World War I was not about fighting for freedom. It was a bloody war of empires spurred on by the greed of industrialists and bankers made possible through nationalistic chauvinism on both sides. We came very close to allying with the Germans against the French. Newfoundland's war debt to Britain, as well as the many lost lives of Newfoundlanders cost the economy so much as to make an independent Newfoundland unviable. For us it was the death of a nation. Jingoistic rhetoric aside, this war was a needless slaughter 35 million people. There was nothing glorious about it.