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The Colonel was sneaky. He said that the military could not get involved in politics. And THEN points to the two men with him, citing their qualifications. He also threw in a snide remark about there being " few " objectors who might not even have attended the services at the Cenotaph. Now how would he know about the number of objectors or about their activities ? A politician for sure.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 3 December 2015 at 14:24
He brought two fully uniformed soldiers who served in Afghanistan to the Council Chamber and publicly acknowledged ,as military, they could not engage in politics.Then proceeded to do exactly that.
The same rule applies to members of the Aurora Legion. It's understood they came too.
What was the Colonel thinking ? Or was he ?
Wearing an army uniform ,resplendent with shiny medals, pulling rank, making demands in a formal, public meeting of an elected Council.
Why did he do that?
Because he could, that's why. There was no-one to stop him.
Not only did he change the decision,he created the controversy .
He gathered additional forces and returned a second time to insist that a war machine be given pride of place where it is neither welcome nor appropriate.
He divides the community, whips the wretched Council members into sniveling curs and suggests absence from a memorial service adds substance to his argument.
I had the privilege of serving several Council terms with the late and former Councillor and Army Master Sergeant Norman Stewart .
Colonel Kirk Almighty Corkery would never have been permitted the podium in uniform then.
Another thing is certain, every name carved in stone on the Aurora Cenotaph and the Altar of Sacrifice will always be there. As long as the Memorial stands for the memory of sacrifice and loss endured by their families and community.
They will not be forgotten
That space is not up for barter.
It will not be divvied up by whoever thinks they otta get a piece.
If Colonel Kirk Corkery is a real soldier, entitled to wear that uniform, he should be placed on a charge
for even thinking it, let alone insisting.
We are all degraded by Council's shameful capitulation on this issue.
Febrile contrived excuses were embarrassing to read.