For the past few years Mimi has sponsored the Blog Blast for Peace. My past globes and comments are here and here. This year I take comfort from the symbolic repatriation of Canadian soldiers who fought and died in WWI. We should never forget the sacrifice of those who have gone before us and whose efforts have helped build the world we live in today. With Remembrance Day just around the corner and the ranks of veterans who carry the memories forward growing thinner each year, it is especially important to acknowledge the message they have worked so hard to promote – Never Again.
An odd message to appear on the blog of a soldier’s wife. However, as I’m sure many past soldiers also believed, he and many current serving military members still hold fast to the belief that they fight so that future generations will not have to. The things we take for granted here – ample food, fresh drinking water, basic literacy skills, freedom to worship in a religion of choice, freedom of expression, etc. – are still lacking in so many places. So much still needs to be done.
Two nights ago we bore witness to change in the Western world. The first non-white President was elected in the United States of America. This action has fostered great excitement and placed a huge weight upon Mr. Obama’s shoulders. Let’s hope he is up to the challenge.
There is still much that needs to change in the world. While the US was willing to accept a non-white President, gay marriage bans were passed in California, Florida and Arizona. People continue to be held back by the unwillingness of others to embrace love and change and to accept others for who they are, not who others think they should be. Families are still struggling to make ends meet and curable or controllable disease still runs rampant in many parts of the world. Women still struggle to be considered equal.
We continue to hope.