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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Remembrance Day (Canada) November 11 2005

Another November 11th passes by. I went down to Victory Square in Vancouver this morning to see the Remembrance Day ceremonies. Not as many people showed up this year because it was raining cats and dogs, and it was very cold and windy. I felt sorry for the soldiers, cadets and war veterans that had to stand at attention in the cold and wet weather for so long.

I couldn't expose my camera to the rain, so I was limited to shooting behind the crowd from under an awning. Ironically, after the Ceremonies were over, the rain stopped, and the sun even came out briefly.

Here are some photos from today:

When I look into this veteran's eyes I can only imagine the suffering he has experienced. He's been through hell and back, and for what? They say we won the war; what did we win? They say it was to stop an evil tyrant from taking over the world, but I'm sure there is a lot more to the story than that, because while he was out there selflessly risking his life to protect democracy, some corporate fat cat was back home in America watching his profits soar, and safely enjoying a soda by his swimming pool at his million dollar mansion. The rich never have to go to war.


Sarah said...

this is stunning. very stunning. you make me want to come home again.

zbjernak said...

the mounties are super cool

and the lady with braids.. that shot is cool

how true...the rich never go to war... if only the kings, the queens, the president or the prime minister have to go to war...then i believe no fellow want wars..

unlike those medieval time, kings go to war...tht is great

K Murphy J said...

Beautiful tribute. You captured the essence of a solemn and yet uplifting occasion. :)

Nigel Harvey said...

good shots in less than perfect conditions Mark, and they certainly do capture the feeling of the day. The umbrellas are good, the portrait of the veteran with the white beret, and the young woman with curly hair in a reflective pose all stand out. I like your comment too - so often these occasions go by without the ultimate futility of war being acknowledged - and as often as not the veterans themselves would be the first to say that war is a waste, and that it's the poor who die to protect the rich. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

This is a great tribute..Veterans deserve much much more than just one day a year for citzens to reflect on how these veterans sacrificed their youth for our very freedom. Being a member of the Canadian Forces myself(38 brigade), I am very honoured to say I serve my country with pride, of the proud history of this great country and its past challenges and how we pressed on to overcome them. The picture of the elderly veteran only says how much we should take pride in our history and show our vetereans more and more respect, as their days, and the number of them left dwindle. thank you for posting this, it really is an inspiration.

Mark said...

Thank you to the anonymous soldier who posted your comment about these veteran photos. I'm proud to be a free Canadian and I too am proud of our Veterans. Thank you for all that you've done for this great country of ours.