I honour all those who have died in the service of their country. This is a difficult day for me as our party advocates for non-violence.
I look back on my family history and can recount the stories of WWII Germany; a great-grandmother who took her own life from the fear the invading Russians provoked within her, a grandmother who was raped by those same soldiers. A grandfather who lost all faith in God after witnessing the horrors on the battlefield. A young boy who spent a lifetime traumatized by the experience who would go on to become my father.
My husband’s family suffered greatly since WWI, my father-in-law’s family were forced out of Iran in a desperate march to Iraq, along the way two of his sisters died. Cousins killed or missing in action in the Iran/Iraq war. Families torn apart and scattered around the world, their sense of home and community irreparably broken. This story repeats itself across time and space for all of us.
Today there is the looming specter of conflict between the USA and North Korea, a nuclear war a real possibility. So, on this day of Remembrance, let us also remember to give Peace a chance.
Leader of the Green Party of Alberta