Opinion

The price of peace is war

THE NEWs/Files Bill Van Straalduinen survived Nazi occupation in Holland. -
THE NEWs/Files Bill Van Straalduinen survived Nazi occupation in Holland.
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Editor, The News:

Re: Surviving the Hunger Winter (The News, Nov. 7)

How can any of us who have grown up in a country of peace and democracy, whose people have never had to suffer through occupation, fear and death fully understand what those who have went through?

While we protest and nag about the cost of war, it seems that many fail to realize that peace is something in human history that can only be gained through that of great sacrifice and much bloodshed.

War is not something just for the history books. For those who have experienced it, we now take a moment to remember on Nov. 11 each year.

People paid with their lives so that today we are free. That is the price of peace.

 While I understand, to a point, those who protest against war, I would like to see what they would actually do when faced with the same type of decisions being made by the many who, both in past and present, have done in order to survive.  

 It has been said time and again that if we do not remember the past we are likely to repeat it. The wars of our fathers and grandfathers are fading into history and as those who lived through those times pass on, those of the new generation will need to take stock in the reality of what these people have sacrificed in order for them to now even exist.

 Our freedom, liberty and democracy today are the result of prior wars. That Canadian flag that flies across this land was and still was paid for in the blood of those who gave of themselves in order to secure our freedom.

Lest we forget.

Tim Wittenberg

Maple Ridge 

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