"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 9 November 2015


RAnonymous has left a new comment on your post "LET'S ALL GIVE OUR HEADS A COLLECTIVE SHAKE": 

I volunteer to take it and put it on my front lawn. Not as a glorification of war but as a tribute to those that fought and died in those vehicles. Something that most Aurorans don't seem to care about.

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 9 November 2015 at 08:35

Now there's an angle I didn't think about 

The town would not allow you to put war junk on your  front lawn. Or your driveway either. 

If a vehicle doesn't have a current license plate it can't be stored on your property.

As the daughter and grand-daughter of two mothers whose sons were killed by weapons of war in the first and second world wars both ," fought to end all wars",  I am here to tell you that's not the kind of tribute either would appreciate. 

All that's asked is that "we shall remember " them. 

That their  deaths were not in vain. 

I do not agree most Aurorans do not care about the  sacrifice. 

Unless Novembern11th  falls on a Sunday, there are two ceremonies. One on the nearest Sunday for those who can't afford to take time off work  and one at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of every year.

As the town grows, the gathering grows. Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph will be among earliest memories for many children in Aurora.

I heard at the week-end, 75 thousand veterans of the second war stil survive, in their nineties, across Canada.

In any media interview there are tears for friends who died. 

Those memories do not fade. 

They sharpen as killing continues. 

They are harder to bear.

Reminders of awful waste are not tribute to sacrifice. 

They are testament to failure. 


Anonymous said...

That individual is so wrong with the huge generalization about Aurorans and what they care about.
I also suspect the " offer " does not make its way to council.
The sculpture [?] will end up elsewhere in town.

Anonymous said...

My father was 3yrs old when his father died in one of those death machines. All he remembers when he sees one of these machines is the father he didn't get to know. Nice memory eh?

Anonymous said...

It was a well-meant mistake by council.
Aurorans these days are more concerned with how our country has been failing those who have returned from serving
Canada, There is work to be done that has nothing to do with a chunk of that failure.