Saturday, 11 November 2017

Lest We Forget


The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument is located in Ottawa's Confederation Park near Canada's National War Memorial. It commemorates the wartime service and heroism of Canada's indigenous peoples. Many served with valour and distinction in World Wars I and II, the Korean War and most recently in Afghanistan, despite the historical mistreatment and lack of equality which they endure(d) in Canada.


Four warriors from different indigenous cultures stand, one facing each of the four sacred directions, surrounded by the fierce and powerful totems of Eagle, Bear, Wolf, Elk and Bison.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

--From "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon

LEST WE FORGET


[Photos #1 and #6 from the internet; photos #2, #3, #4 and #5 © Debra She Who Seeks, 2010]

28 comments:

Frank said...

Not only remember...but for some, learn for the first time.

Adam said...

Happy Veterans day

Harry Hamid said...

I'm a white American male and I am not sure I'd ever have anything to do with the military.

So I can't imagine how it must be to fight for a nation that wouldn't even respect me as an equal when I got back home from fighting. Amazing statue...

NanaDiana said...

What gorgeous sculpture honoring those who served. Beautiful!! Love the cute poppies, too. xo Diana

mistress maddie said...

What an unusual sculpture.

But yes, it's always important to remember those.

Ol'Buzzard said...

I am a veteran
I have mixed feelings
58.479 died in Vietnam
while the politicians that put us there
sat safely at home.
58,497 died for nothing
Wars are fought by the people on the bottom of the socio/economic classes
We are the cannon fodder

the Ol'Buzzard

Joanne Noragon said...

War is hell. Remember those killed and maimed honors those who served. Ending war is our duty.

Leeanna Henderson said...

That is a beautiful and powerful monument. Ol'Buzzard is right about everyone at the bottom. They are always the ones that pay for the rich men's wars.

Syl (There's Bats In My Coffee) said...

It is important to remember those who fought for us. I had two uncles fight in the second world war. Thank you for this post!

Suzie Ridler said...

Beautiful post!

Janie Junebug said...

That's a lovely monument.

Love,
Janie

DEZMOND said...

I've put the poppies at the spy's too. I'm only deeply disgusted by the fact that some dare to celebrate the so called veterans who butchered people around the world in modern wars (or terrorist attacks and invasions of USA and other Western countries on Iraq, Libya, Afganistan... on the day we are supposed to celebrate our brave grandfathers and ancestors who defended their very home from the villains of WW1. It makes me wanna puke. To mix heroes with disgusting killers and invaders.

Rain said...

Nice post Debra. :)

Marie Smith said...

Such a great memorial. Thank you for sharing.

John M said...

That's one of the most wonderful statues that I've ever seen.
I hope someday all people will be treated the same and that war becomes a thing of the past.

Kirk said...

We could use a monument like that here in the USA (unless there is one and I'm just not aware of it.)

Barbara said...

What an interesting statue. My thanks go out to all people of all nations that fought for our liberty in all the wars. I honor them all in my heart.

Fundy Blue said...

What a magnificent monument in honor of the Aboriginal Veterans of Canada! I've been wearing my poppy for more than a week now. Have you ever read "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden? If not, get thee to a library or book store! Wow!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Great post, Debra. Thank for this. We must never forget.

Birdie said...

Very informative post, Deb. I learned something today.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Lest we forget...

LL Cool Joe said...

Amazing statue, and yes we should never forget.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Even if I could say thank you every moment of every day to those folks who went to war (declared by others for whatever reason), it would never be enough. Being grateful doesn't seem to be enough but it is what I can do to honor those that never returned home, those that returned scarred by the encounter and those that came home, never to be the same. We are all touched by war. Those that served, handled "hot coals, bare handed". Thank you to all veterans, I am humbled.

Jim said...

What an incredible monument, Debra. Your photos are great too!

Jenn said...

That is a beautiful monument.

Magic Love Crow said...

That Monument is beautiful and powerful! I love it! Thank you for this post Debra! Lest We Forget!

baili said...

Really interesting and marvelous statues Debar!

wars are risen by some sick minds and fight by lots of innocent men who don't even know that their strings are woven by those selfish hands who will never send their own children to fight these wars

JACKIESUE said...

so where was our draft dodging president at? Vietnam..bone spurs didn't seem to bother him now.