I have mixed feelings about Remembrance Day. Though the holiday commemorates all veterans, its date and its imagery belong to World War I. From what I’ve read on the topic, the Canadians fought in absolute hell. This deserves remembering. The part that gets obscured though that what our soldiers did in the mud of the Ypres salient was part of a meaningless imperial clusterfuck. 60 000 Canadians died for under the pretext that it was really really important to protect Belgian neutrality. In reality we were fighting because Imperial Germany was perceived as a threat to Britain’s hegemony and its colonial possessions.
Remember the sacrifice that our soldiers made, but remember that it was made for reasons that had nothing to do with the banalities of “freedom” or whatever. It was one imperial system against another and nothing else. The tragedy here was that we had to send so many to die for this nonsense.