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Remembrance Day

Heroes Remember

Well I could come out with the cliches of you know remembering the fallen and so forth, we will always do that, it is a day when we stop and meditate. First of all, it's not a holiday, I take that term, Remembrance Day holiday, I'm of the school that Remembrance Day parade is in the morning at 11 o'clock, you're all on the parade square regardless of how cold it is and once you finish that then you go back to work, same with the schools. Because it's not a holiday, it's a day when you can pause for a few minutes and recognize the sacrifices of our past. Regardless of what war, or peace support mission, or incident in Canada, the individual died for, death is a death, is a death, and you put a uniform on, first of all nobody said it was safe, secondly you've got to understand at a certain point somebody may order you to kill, or somebody may order you to die. And that's sometimes what I think when I think about the terrible loss of life in World War One, "cannon fodder" is a good term, where we lost ten's of thousands, 120, 000's, where we lost similar amounts throughout the war, throughout the Second World War and to a certain extent in Korean. It's a different world now and I don't think, I'd like to think, we won't go back that way. But those are the things I think of and I think of my own colleagues that we've lost in the peace support operation arena.

Colonel Ethell shares his feelings about what Remembrance Day means to him.

Donald Stewart Ethell

Donald Stewart Ethell was born in July 1937 and was raised in Victoria, BC. His father was a Veteran of both the First and Second World Wars. His mother was a nurse. He and his sister attended boarding school because of his parents' jobs and he was only home at Christmas and during the summer. His mother passed away when Mr. Ethell was 10 years old.

When he enlisted, Mr. Ethell joined the Queen's Own Rifles in Calgary. After several years of serving as an infantryman he was recommended for the officer training. Mr. Ethell graduated from the program and rose to the rank of Colonel. He went on to command Canadian, and United Nations, forces in various missions all over the world. In the mid 1990s, Col. Ethell retired with over thirty-five years of distinguished service.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Donald Stewart Ethell
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Canadian Armed Forces
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

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