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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.

 

Heather Lindsay

Paradise

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ottawa

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  • Sidney Noel
    November 18, 2013 - 17:02

    The Canadian Legion in Newfoundland should be thankful for you and become awake and back you.I sure do. R.C.A.F. WW2.

  • Angela
    November 18, 2013 - 13:17

    I totally agree. Myself and my family were disappointed about this too. We wondered why it wasn't covered on television at 11. The Santa Claus parade is covered live, why not the local remembrance day ceremony?

  • Jackie Barrett
    November 18, 2013 - 06:43

    Over the last five years, the one thing I noticed is that local television networks seem more and more unwilling to provide coverage of various community or non profit events anymore. Its not just happening at community television levels, but also at a national level. Take for example, the Special Olympics Canada related coverage on TSN. In 2006, Special Olympics Canada received a total of 13 hours of media coverage per year courtesy of TSN/CTV Globe Media, consisting of the Special Olympics World/Canada Winter/Summer Games, Special Olympics Festival, Special Olympics Day, just to name a few. However, even since Bell took over CTV Globe Media, the Special Olympics Canada related coverage levels have considerably declined. For example, Special Olympics Day was aired for 2 hours per year plus 1 hour of 2 minute footages throughout the day, then reduced to one hour per year from 2009-2011, and now its no longer aired. Even the Special Olympics Festival, a critical fundraiser for Special Olympics Canada, is no longer aired on TSN. As a result of BellMedia's lack of considerable for non-profit organizations, Special Olympics Canada receives less than 5 hours of national media coverage this year. If the trend continues, don't be surprised if you don't see any Special Olympics related media coverage on TSN anymore, resulting in lost recognition opportunities for these inspirational athletes as well as lost ability to raise awareness and much needed funds. The lessons learned for non-profit organizations and important events, including Special Olympics Canada and Remembrance Day Broadcast, is that they should fight with major media networks, particularly BellMedia, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, and Eastlink, for increased and better media coverage regardless of who has the almighty dollar.