Comments: Bayonets!

Count me in too Debbye! And there are a few more of us north of the border that you can count on as well.

Posted by John Crittenden at July 5, 2005 12:00 AM

I remember standing in the front yard of our farm in southern Manitoba about 1942 or 43 with my mom, sis, grandmother and grandfather. A squadron of planes flew over and one of them dipped it's wing. My grandmother said "that's the plane Billy is on." That was the custom when a plane flew over the home of any of the airmen on board. Billy was her son and my uncle. He was on his way to Britain and on to France. He was a bombardier in a Lancaster.

I remember, only the next year, standing in a park with the same family members in Essex Ontario. We were singing with the band and burning the effigy of Hitler. I had lost three uncles by then and we were wondering if there would be more. There was one more.

When I saw Chretien, and before him, Trudeau, pin a red flower on one day a year, after what they were doing to our armed forces, I felt a sense of detachment and I remembered my uncles and all their friends who had not come home, so that we could all wear a red flower. Today when I see Martin wear a red flower I just feel a sense of rage and bitterness. It's one thing to forget. It's another to pretend you care.

Soon there will be no more red flowers.

Posted by John Crittenden at July 5, 2005 12:17 AM


you Americans have so much history to be proud of - a fierce and independent nation. I have been to Gettysburg a number of times; we have friends and business associates there. I was taken by its proximity to both Camp David and the crash site of Flight 93.

I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of the battlefield and the sheer numbers who gave their lives there. Getttysburg is a town of History and the people who live there know it. It is truly awe-inspiring to visit.

It was interesting to read how Lincoln was unpopular in the press in his own time, yet is regarded today as one of the greatest of Presidents. May the same be said in time for Bush Jr.

Thank you for a wonderful post!

Posted by Bill Strong at July 5, 2005 01:18 AM

I must define "maudlin" differently, because that was one helluva rousing post! Thank you.

Posted by Ted at July 6, 2005 11:44 AM

"Those who are offended by the reverence I hold for those past and present who doggedly pursue the ideals on which our union was founded can bite me."

I just had the funniest image of Lincoln including that at the end of one of his addresses.

Posted by Jay at July 6, 2005 04:11 PM

John and Bill, those are truly inspiring memories.

Ted, thank you!

Jay, I wish he had! (Or maybe he did, when he sent that barrel of whisky to Grant ...)

Posted by Debbye at July 6, 2005 06:18 PM

I enjoyed your comments a lot. Am a student of the war and of Lincoln. Chamberlain is being subject to revisionism these days.

Would like to communicate with you if you are interested -


Posted by Dick Freeman at July 6, 2005 10:54 PM