Veterans of Yesteryear

November 17, 2008
American Boarding Party of 1944

Virginian Veterans of Yesteryear:

“I saw the swastika come down and the Stars and Stripes go up” ~~A World War Two POW from Virginia, from “Virginians at War.”

On The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia, there are 11,600 names of Virginians who have lost their lives fighting for their nation, the United States of America.

Virginian Veterans of Today:

Today, almost one million (800,000) veterans live in Virginia. In November of 2008, almost 54% of Virginia’s voters rejected a veteran and former POW for President of the United States, and elected a man with little experience and absolutely no military experience, a man who described the flag pin that his fellow countrymen were wearing as “a substitute for … true patriotism,” and added “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.” He is a man who does not salute the flag in public, who never supported the War in Iraq and wants to end it before victory, and who believes in “spreading the wealth around.”  It makes one wonder about those Virginia soldiers of yesteryear who bled and died for America, as they now watch from their Heavenly Homes as their descendants turn radically left to embrace the old political ideologies that they had fought against. According to Virginia’s U.S. Congressional Representative, James Moran, Virginia Has Gone Communist.

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An Obama Nation Hero

November 15, 2008

”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough. ~~The New York Times

Before the Obama Nation officially begins we have Hero Number One, family friend of President Elect Barack Obama, William “Billy” Ayers, being celebrated on Good Morning America. Old America considered William Ayers of the Weatherman Underground as a terrorist, but today, in the soon to be Obama Nation, the word “terrorist” has a new meaning. In the updated afterword to his 2001 memoir, “Fugitive Days,” it was the celebrated Weatherman terrorist turned college professor himself who described the Barack Obamas as “family friends,” according to The Boston Herald newspaper.

The Video of America’s New Hero

Terrorists are now those American soldiers sent off to war to fight communism during the Viet Nam War era. They were terrorists because they actually targeted communists with their bombs. Billy Ayers and the other good guys of the Weatherman Underground were Saints as they were trying to bomb the real terrorists, the American government and American soldiers who were trying to stop communists. William Ayers and his group were not trying to kill anyone, just bomb them. The fact that people actually died from Billy Ayers’ friends’ bombs, such as these American policemen, was unintentional, hence Barack Obama’s family friend, Bill Ayers, is not a terrorist.

“Terrorists terrorize, they kill innocent civilians, while we organized and agitated. Terrorists destroy randomly, while our actions bore, we hoped, the precise stamp of a cut diamond. Terrorists intimidate, while we aimed only to educate.” ~~Bill Ayers in his book “Fugitive Days,” according to Allahpundit at Hot Air

Billy Ayers is not a terrorist because he has been entrusted with the teaching and indoctrination of the children of America. Advice to young people from Ayers: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.” Bill Ayers is not a terrorist as he is a celebrated hero of America’s mainstream media. Bill Ayers is not a terrorist because he is a friend of Barack Obama, and anyone connected to Obama is next to God.

Obama Nation Morality – When you disagree with a group in America, bomb the hell out of them, just don’t target any civilians. You will be rewarded with a college professorship, people will buy your books as you taut your righteousness, and America will celebrate your dedication and service to your cause.

Fact Checker to Obama Nation – What about bombing Abortion Clinics? Is that now a good thing? After all, those bombers were not targeting any civilians. They were in fact trying to save the lives of innocents from being aborted. Are Abortion Clinic bombers now heroes in the new Obama Nation? Will the Obama Nation’s logic in redefining “TERRORISM” and “TERRORIST” apply also to America’s other terrorists?

Bill Ayers, Weather Underground Achievement of 1981 – Murdered New York Policemen (Barack Obama could have known nothing of this accomplishment as Obama was only 20 years old at the time, as he reminds us.)

Sergeant Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown were shot and killed by heavily armed members of a domestic terrorist group, the Weather Underground, who had just robbed a bank and were attempting to escape. The suspects had just murdered an armored car guard and wounded two other guards before loading themselves into the back of a rental truck to be driven away by accomplices. The truck was stopped at a roadblock manned by several Nyack officers.

Sergeant O’Grady was a Vietnam War veteran. He was survived by his wife and three children.

The Weather Underground was also connected to the Black Liberation Army, which was responsible for the murders of at least one dozen other police officers throughout the country. The Weather Underground is believed responsible for the unsolved bombing murder of San Francisco, California, Police Department Sergeant Brian McDonnell on February 16, 1970.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

Terrorizing the Terrorist


America Needs John McCain

November 2, 2008

Only John McCain stands between the traditional American values of hard work and self-sufficiency, and the radical liberalism of spreading the wealth by redistribution espoused by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank. Only John McCain can stand up to the evil-doers who would kill us and destroy our American way of life. Only John McCain will win the War on Terror and fight to save Israel and the entire Middle East from being overrun by the Taliban and Islamofascists. All of our hopes for America and the Free World rest upon the success of the man who long ago catapulted from an aircraft carrier to fly into harm’s way and fight for America against the scourge of Communism. We need John McCain to continue to fight for America and keep America free. We need John McCain to win this election.

John McCain, U.S. Navy

The McCain Video
Reasons to Vote for McCain


Canada’s Nobel Peace Prize for Vietnam

July 18, 2008

Three years ago I wrote “(Canada’s Remembrance Day 2005)” in which I mentioned Canadian military forces serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War era and the Nobel Peace Prize they were awarded for their service. I never realized the rancor that revelation would come to garner. It began when I was called a LIAR by a Canadian commenter to my own blog:

“The Canadian Armed Forces won a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in Vietnam.” What year was that? I used Google to save myself from Liberal bias, and discovered that this was a total blatant lie. (October 12, 2006)

To this day I am still being called a “LIAR” for writing facts that I found from my own research.

Political Forum Commenter:but here is a link to the list of nobel peace prize winners. So far I do not see the Canadians on the list which leads me to believe that this blogger is a liar. They could have only made that up so if they made that up God knows what else.
Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

Apparently, for Canadians, the truth hurts. For Canada’s military to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for its war efforts is so discomforting to many Canadians that they refuse to believe the facts, and instead, label innocent researchers, such as myself, as LIARS! In 2005, Kerfuffles wrote in “Canada’s Remembrance Day 2005:”

In 1973, the International Commission of Control and Supervision Vietnam (ICCS) was responsible for securing the armistice that lasted two years from 1973 to 1975, known as Operation Gallant. Canada, a member of the commission, contributed Canadian Forces whose role was to monitor the cease-fire in South Vietnam, according to the Paris Peace Conference, and to arrange the release and exchange of more than 32,000 prisoners of war. **The Canadian Armed Forces won a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in Vietnam.

**The Nobel Peace Prize referenced was awarded in 1988, when United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces were awarded THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE for all peace-keeping duties up to December 1988.

On October 26, 2006 Kerfuffles wrote:

In 1988, Canada and our peace-keeping forces shared in winning the Nobel Peace Prize. (Proceedings of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, OTTAWA, Tuesday, February 3, 1998.” (See Canadian Peacekeepers and THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 1988.)

In 1988, the Nobel Committee recognized the good work that UN Peacekeepers had accomplished by awarding them the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize was awarded for United Nations-service/Korea service up until 10 December 1988, when the Nobel Peace Prize Award was granted. Therefore, these UN Peacekeepers included the Canadian peacekeeping troops of Operation Gallant, 1973, the military operation associated with the International Commission of Control and Supervision(ICCS) Vietnam whose role it was to monitor the cease-fire in South Vietnam as per the Paris Peace Accords.

Even though it offends the “peace-loving” sensitivities of many Canadians, I stand by my statement: “The Canadian Armed Forces won a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in Vietnam.” My information came from Canada’s own Canadian Veterans Affairs and Canada’s own Canadian Parliament.

Canadian Parliament, 12 March 1997
Mr. Jack Frazer: I think you will all have received a letter from the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association. In it, in the fourth paragraph, they point out that Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar said in 1988, when announcing the award:

This Nobel Peace Prize is to be shared by every member of the UN Peacekeeping Force since its inception. That meant that Nobel Peace Prize was shared equally amongst the people who qualified for it at that time.

The Government of Canada has built a peacekeeping monument here in Ottawa, but there is no way for any individual, regardless of what medals he is wearing, to indicate he or she was a valid recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize when it was given to the then peacekeepers. That is what the people in the Peacekeeping Veterans Association are keen to have: recognition that they were part of the peacekeepers who won that recognition for Canada. It could be said that others since that time have done basically the same thing, but the truth is, of course, that the Nobel Peace Prize has not been awarded since 1988, so the people before that time do qualify, the ones post that time do not qualify.

My question for Canadians is why do you diminish the sacrifice and service of your own country’s military forces just because they happened to do their peacekeeping service in Vietnam?


No POWs Allowed!

July 8, 2008

The Hidden Dangers of John McCain

That renowned military expert and former commander in chief of all United States Military Forces, BILL CLINTON, has surreptitiously warned us, while speaking at Aspen Colorado, that electing JOHN MCCAIN as president could be very dangerous. CLINTON implies that because JOHN MCCAIN was a Prisoner of War in Vietnam for many years, he could snap at most any moment in the future and lose his temper.

HORRORS of all HORRORS! Even worse, JOHN MCCAIN could go berserk while hosting a state dinner, or while wagging his finger at the nation on national TV. JOHN MCCAIN could become a full blown psychopath leading a nation with nukes. IMAGINE THAT? Well at least JOHN McCAIN will have an honorable excuse for his mental disturbances – he was serving his country as a young man in wartime. So what is former President BILL CLINTON’s excuse is for being a psychopath with a fiery temper? He was never anywhere near a military uniform, much less a war zone, in his youth.

Most unfortunately, the nation did not have the expertise and guidance of BILL CLINTON to keep it from electing a former POW back in the days of President “OLD HICKORY.” Without the “insane” leadership of the man who had fought for his country in two wars, including a stint where both he and his brother were taken as prisoners of war, our nation would undoubtedly be a better one today. It was President OLD HICKORY who did indeed go berserk and create “The Democrat Party.”

Bill Clinton Warns of Mental Problems of Former POWs


Will McCain Make History?

July 1, 2008

The First POW President

If John McCain becomes the next President of the United States, he will make history as the first veteran of the Viet Nam War to be elected.  That is a big hurdle for him, as the country has already elected two Presidents from the Viet Nam War era, who never went to war at all. One President, Bill Clinton, managed to avoid even serving in the military during a time of universal draft.

However, if John McCain is elected to the presidentcy, he will NOT be the first Prisoner of War to hold that office. We are a warrior nation, and we have already chosen a former POW to be our leader. Have you forgotten your history? If so, here’s the answer at Blogging the Revolution.


McCain – Not White Enough

June 8, 2008

To the progressives who yearn to lead our nation, Barack Obama, son of a white mother, is plenty black enough to be president of these United States, but, unbelievably, John McCain is just not white enough.

I am speaking of Progressives’ disgust of McCain’s teeth of course. Markos Moulitsas, the author, creator, writer, etcetera of the Progressives’ “Daily Kos” has himself written that John McCain is not worthy of becoming president because of the unseemliness of his teeth. Not only are John McCain’s teeth showing their age of seventy years, but they are too gruesome a reminder to the Daily Kossacks that those same McCain teeth spent years in a Vietnam torture prison being cracked and punched whilst he was defending future little Kossacks’ freedom of speech.

Daily Kos” Mocks McCain’s Teeth.

This mocking of McCain’s teeth by Markos Moulitsas, powerful Democrat leader and big supporter of the progressive Barack Obama, was even too despicable for many of his own Daily Kossack followers. Imagine that, if you can!  “‘Daily Kos’ Mocks John McCain’s Teeth”

Of course, as usual the majority of the “kind and klassy” Kossacks gleefully joined with Moulitsas, and even added more belittling comments of John McCain’s 70-year-old appearance, such as his cancer-prone skin. From DarthStar comes this: “If you think McCain’s teeth are bad, take a look under his skin… Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” Another mocked John McCain for the wearing of sunglasses, which had been ordered by his physician.

Why do the Kossacks stoop so low as to criticise a candidate’s natural appearance? It could be their way of reminding voters that John McCain is seventy years old. However, the real reason they mock his imperfect teeth is that they remind Kossacks and Progressives of the military sacrifice John McCain made for his country many years ago when he was in youth’s prime and fighting for freedom in a far off land. They mock John McCain for his military service, just as they mock today’s young warriors fighting to preserve the right of Kossacks and Progressives to continue living free. I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries wrote Progressive Markos Moulitsas about Americans serving in Iraq.

Even worse, by criticising John McCain’s teeth as being unacceptable for a President they are also condeming America and its heritage. The greatest president that this country has ever known had terrible teeth. Without George Washington and his gruesome wooden teeth, there would be no America as we know it today, and that would be jolly good as far as Markos Moulitsas, his Kossacks and Progressives see it. They want Barack Obama – the “CHANGE” candidate to “change” the United States into a “progressive” Kossackland.

Message from Markos Moulitsas and the Kossacks to George Washington, John McCain and your battle-scarred ILK: You are not good enough to lead our nation, because you were warriors.”


Canada’s Vietnam Legacy

May 27, 2008

Canadian Vietnam Veteran

Of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., 103 of them are of “known” Canadians who served with United States forces. Although America has honored those fallen Canadians who did not return from the Vietnam war, their own native country never officially did so. The approximately 40,000 Canadian youths who volunteered to fight for freedom for others and against tyranny during the Vietnam era have never been acknowledged by Canada. Those who gave their lives in service to others have no official war memorial from Canada.

Because of this, a small group of Americans in Michigan designed, built, and donated the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Canadian soil, in Windsor, Ontario. It was a long, hard fought struggle that began in 1986, after Vietnam veterans Ric Gidner and Ed Johnson first discovered the untold story of the Canadian Vietnam veterans. They joined with American veteran Chris Reynolds and eventually covenanted with themselves and the unsung Canadian Vietnam veterans: “As Long As We Live, You Will Live. As Long As We Live, You Will Be Remembered. As Long As We Live, You Will Be Loved“.

The three American veterans persevered and began planning fruition of the memorial, paying all expenses by mortgaging their homes, cashing their retirement funds and maxing out their credit cards. However, they never overcame the resistance of the government of Canada and were never permitted to build the Canadian veterans’ memorial under auspices of the Canadian government. It was the town of Windsor in Ontario that welcomed the memory of the fallen Canadian Vietnam soldiers, giving the memorial a home place on Canadian soil in 1994.

Unbelievably, in 1998, vandals struck the veterans’ memorial, severely damaging it, while leaving intact all other artwork in the Windsor park. It took one year and many thousands of dollars to restore the memorial and make security modifications to prevent further malicious destruction. (NOTE: By 2008, vandalism of war memorials has become commonplace, even in the U.S. – See video of New Haven, Connecticut.)

Recently, I was saddened to read of more disquieting news relating to the memorial and the Canadian Vietnam veterans. An Internet essay entitled “With Equal Pride of Place,” tells of irreconcilable breaches between two Canadian Vietnam veterans organizations. It is quite sad that the bitterness and resentments that Canadians harbored against their fellow countrymen who helped the U.S. fight Communism so long ago, seems to have now infected the Vietnam veterans groups themselves. From what I am able to understand from the aforementioned writings, “The North Wall, Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial” has vehemently denied any association or affiliation with “The Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association, Windsor, ON,” accusing the latter group of not abiding by the original mandate of the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

According to the “With Equal Pride of Place” essay, many Canadian Vietnam veterans are complaining that the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial, created with such great sacrifice by the three Americans, “ … has turned into something that is much less honourable:” an “ego trip” for many of the Vietnam Veterans and their associates in Windsor, Ontario. The Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association of Windsor, which apparently has sole responsibly for The North Wall, has been accused of “a misrepresentation of lineage, Orders of Battle, and the service of all,” including “Canadian Peacekeepers who fell In Harm’s Way during the years 1962-1973,” … whatever all that means.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~~John 15:13

It surely means sadness for all of the aging Vietnam Veterans who live in Canada. I hope that this ugliness is not true, but knowing how difficult it has been for Canada and Canadians to face their Vietnam legacy, I suspect that it is. How fortunate that so many of Canada’s veterans of the Vietnam War never returned to their native land, choosing to live out their lives in the United States, where exists for all of us – The Wall, – lovingly and respectfully maintained by the government of the United States of America.

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” –Isaiah 6:8

(The image close-up from an original copyright by George Mock, gmockrcpilot.)

Canada the Vietnam War

Canada’s North Wall


Canada’s Good $en$e

March 10, 2007

A War Profiteer in Peacenik Clothing

Just another one of those endless comments entered here about our peaceable northern neighbor: “Canada had the good sense to stay out of the Vietnam war.”  God bless Canuckistan and please, God, save the world from any more of her peacekeeping efforts!

Canadian Peacekeeping in the Cold War

Oh Yes – that is what Canadians believe, that they had the “Good $en$e” to stay out of the Vietnam War. However, … history tells the story differently. Although Canada didn’t send Canadian fighting forces – Canada sent a lot of other things – like war materiel that didn’t go directly to Vietnam, lest Canada’s ruse be discovered.  In fact, Canada was so busy manufacturing war materiel for the American forces in Vietnam that the entire country was booming like a well-oiled machine. And the Canadian government had the “good $en$e” to not tell its citizens just why the country was basking in economic good fortune, with unemployment below 4%, instead letting them believe that the manna falling from the heavens was their reward for being good little peacekeepers.

Canada’s “good $en$e” to stay out of the Vietnam War brought them record sales of iron ore, lead, zinc, copper, nickel, asbestos, and oil to the United States, not to mention the warplane components and arms sales. Although fighting the scourge of communism in Vietnam was offensive to Canadian sensibilities, American “blood money” was not. In June 1968, the new Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, officially declared that there was absolutely no immorality involved in selling arms to the United States during the war in Vietnam, any more than it was “to sell them nickel and asbestos and airplane components.”

During the Vietnam era, Canadians were too busy protesting the US involvement in Vietnam to make any efforts to discover their own country’s super secret role in the production and testing of Agent Orange, a weapon that would harm thousands of innocents. The government and manufacturers were claiming that they were shipping an everyday common herbicide that Canadians used to kill weeds in home gardens, under power lines and along railroad tracks. Even though it would wipe out entire jungles in Vietnam, Canadians were told that it was perfectly safe for people, and never, ever did the name of the herbicide, “Agent Orange” pass from their lips.

Oh yeah – Canadians had the “good $en$e to stay out of Vietnam” by selling the Agent Orange to the US army, which at the time  was involved in Vietnam. Since it was American planes that sprayed the Agent Orange, wiping out thousands upon thousands of acres of trees and crops in Vietnam, Canadians could continue to live free and guiltless. The fact that Agent Orange was more than a harmless herbicide, that it contained poisonous dioxins, was an American failing, and no fault nor moral problem for the Canadian manufacturers, … whose government leaders had had the “good $en$e” to financially profit from the Vietnam War, instead of fighting in it.

And if you don’t believe Kerfuffles, listen to voices from history describing “Canada’s War Profiteering” at Canada’s own CBC (The CBC Digital Archives Website): Supplying the War Machine: “The Uniroyal plant in Elmira, Ont., was one of seven suppliers producing Agent Orange for the U.S. military.” Or you can continue to believe the statement of the Canadian government’s report to parliament in 1970: “no research carried out by the Department of National Defence has affected the use of chemicals in Vietnam.”

When I mentioned at this blog that I was going to write about Canada’s role with Agent Orange and why all those Vietnam refugees taken in by Canada, were forced to leave their native land, one Canadian commenter replied: “Yeah we know: guns don’t kill people, people kill people, but all those Vietnamese who had Agent Orange dropped on them by the Americans were killed by Canada! Hilarious!” (Comment)


Remembrance Day 2005

November 9, 2006

There has been a long, ongoing quest within the community of Canadian Vietnam veterans to have the deaths of their comrades-in-arms formally remembered by the Canadian government on occasions such as Canada’s Remembrance Day. This quest continues.

On Canada’s Remembrance Day of 2005, the Canadian government had absolutely no sentiments of gratitude for the 20,000 or so fellow Canadians who served, nor for the more than 100 young Canucks who died, fighting for freedom and against communism during the Vietnam War.

Flowery words were spoken about brave soldiers who fought and died in World War I and World War II and the Korean War, but there were no words spoken about the long, bloody Cold War conflict known as the Vietnam War. Ambassadors from many nations, including former enemy nations, were invited to lay wreaths in commemoration of the sacrifices made by those who died in Canada’s 20th century wars, including Americans who chose to fight in the uniform of a foreign country, Canada. They, along with Canadian soldiers, were honored on Canada’s Remembrance Day. However, Canada refused to honor and respect the thousands of its own citizens who crossed the border to don the military uniform of the United States of America and fight against the world-wide scourge of communism during the Cold War.

However, when one visits the Veterans Affairs Canada website, there is this explanation of “Canada’s Day of Remembrance”:

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.

The following is from an essay by Earl McRae that appeared in “The Ottawa Sun” of 11 November 2005:

There’ll be words spoken in the cold November air about our brave soldiers who fought and died in World War I and World War II and the Korean War, but there’ll be no words spoken about the long and terrible and bloody conflict known as the Vietnam War. There’ll be invited ambassadors with wreaths for the laying from countries that are our military allies, and from countries that were once our military enemies. There’ll be invited military personnel from countries that are our allies, and from countries that were once our enemies.

It will not be mentioned that among those whose sacrifice is being commemorated, who fought and who died in Canada’s 20th century wars, were Americans; Americans who chose to fight in the uniform of another country, our country. They, too, are being honoured this morning by Canada, but Canada is not honouring, and has not respected, the thousands of young Canadians who crossed the border to sign up for the Vietnam War wearing the uniform of the United States of America.

103 Canucks died in ‘Nam

It will not be mentioned that on the memorial in Washington, D.C., The Wall, with the names of the more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War, are the names of the 103 Canadians also killed.

It will not be mentioned that Canada, neutral in the Vietnam War, permitted some 30,000 American draft dodgers into the country as landed immigrants, along with numerous military deserters.

It will not be mentioned that Canada, the Canada who said Canadians signing with U.S. forces for Vietnam was a violation of Canada’s Foreign Enlistment Act of 1937 disallowing Canadians to serve in the military of a country at war with a nation Canada has no quarrel with, is the same and hypocritical Canada whose economy profited from the war by the sale to the American military between 1968 and 1973 of $2.7 billion worth of war materiel from guns to grenades to aircraft engines to military vehicles to boots to berets to napalm.

It will not be mentioned that Canada, who wouldn’t send troops, Canada, who opposed Canadians joining the U.S. military to fight, is the Canada whose delegates to the various peace commissions willingly undertook spy work for the CIA, helped the Americans to secretly bring more troops and arms into South Vietnam, helped the U.S. keep the chemical defoliant program from the public, permitted the U.S. military to test Agent Orange destined for Vietnam at Camp Gagetown, N.B., permitted U.S. bombers to practise their carpet-bombing runs near Suffield, Alta., and North Battleford, Sask.

The Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association, with branches across Canada, has not been invited to the Remembrance Day service this morning. If the association, or any individual Canadian Vietnam vets, wish to use the War Memorial for wreath laying to honour their Canadian comrades, along with our soldiers in all the wars, they will have to do so detached from the official ceremony and — as they have in the past — when eyes are looking the other way.

Along the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, there is a small, privately funded monument to those Canadians killed in the Vietnam War, The North Wall. When surviving Canadian veterans returned home to Canada from the battlefields of Asia, they encountered a nation that had changed dramatically into a society that was strongly anti-war, anti-Vietnam veteran and pro draft-dodgers and military deserters. With no veterans groups to assist them, nor any help whatsoever from the Canadian government, many of these Vietnam vets relocated permanently to the United States.

Will Remembrance Day 2006 be any different? We shall see and we shall report it here.

Canada’s Remembrance Day Defined

Canadian Hawks Fly South