Each year on Remembrance Day, I find myself totally appalled with the fact that there is never any TV coverage at 11 a.m. (Newfoundland Time) at the Newfoundland war memorials.
For seniors and the sick who can’t get to war memorials and who have known so many soldiers in their lives, this is disgusting.
I must say that, as a province that has contributed so many soldiers who have gone to war to fight for their country, this is total disrespect for the lives they have given; for the limbs they have lost; and for the post-traumatic stress disorder they now endure, having seen so much fighting and death.
I do not know why we, as Newfoundlanders, must conform to Ottawa’s time — one and a half hours later than the 11 month; the 11th day; the 11th hour in Newfoundland to commemorate our veterans. It isn’t only our Newfoundland veterans we remember — we remember all veterans.
I remember growing up that my mom would have it on our TV, and we would all remember our Uncle George, who joined up (under age) and died when his submarine was torpedoed.
We all kept the two minutes of silence out of respect for all veterans. We all kept it at 11 a.m. on every Nov. 11 — in Newfoundland (not on Ottawa time).
Where has our respect gone, as a province, to honour our veterans? Why isn’t something televised at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day in Newfoundland? Sorry to say — it has fallen by the wayside to cartoons and kids shows at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.