By Bobinec, Greg on November 12, 2019.
As the 101st anniversary of Remembrance Day passed, and many of the veterans from the First and Second World Wars have passed away, the question of whether newer generations will be able to carry and honour the legacy of the ultimate sacrifice has arose.
Every year, more and more veterans who fought in world wars or peace-keeping missions pass away and the fear for the continued representation of respect disappearing seems to linger. But representatives from different organizations surrounding the Remembrance Day ceremonies seem to think that the ceremonies of respect and honour will remain in generations to come.
“It depends what we clarify as a veteran, a vet can be 20 years old, it could even be 18, they don’t have to serve out of the country either to be a vet, they may have been the ones to stay and guard the country,” says Michael Cormican, president of Lethbridge Legion.
“We are in good hands, there is a very bright future ahead with them and even though some older people might sometimes write off things, don’t, our youth might just see things a little bit different than us and warfare is always constantly changing, and it is going to be very different in the future than it was in the past, but it may still involve the loss of life.”
Hundreds of young soldiers and cadets work hard on a regular basis to train, understand, and collaboratively grow to understand the work they are doing, and many say they understand the importance of knowing what the men and women did before them to give them what they have today and to carry that forward.
“I think it is important to know what those before us did in order to make Canada the place it is today, a great place to live, along with all of the freedoms that we enjoy,” says Mitchell Montminy, Artillery Officer from 20th Independent Field Battery.
Major Robert Mein is currently the Commander of the 41st Brigade Influence Activity Company and is scheduled to take command of the 20th Independent Field Battery next spring. He says the youth of today are tougher than older generations make them out to be, and although they may think and do things differently, they still put on the same uniforms to protect the country.
“Some complain the youth of today are not made of the same stuff as those of the World Wars and Korean conflict,” says Major Mein. “I sometimes hear that the youth of today are not willing to sacrifice and I do not think much of these complaints.
“I can assure you that the young men and women I have served with are the best and brightest that Canada has to offer. The youth of today may appear to be different for sure, but for all of their differences they unite when wearing the uniform of our country.”
As the final generation of the Second World War slowly comes to an end, the coming generations understand the importance of the lives they lived and the country they served, and representatives from across the Canadian Armed Forces are confident in the capability of the youth to serve and protect.
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