Toronto: Remembrance

There are always classes of schoolchildren at the cenotaph. I can’t help but wonder what they’re thinking, and how much they really know about the wars being remembered. As the son of a veteran, growing up with Rat Patrol and Hogan’s Heroes in after school syndication, I’m part of a generation that still felt the shadow of World War Two amplified by the geopolitical hangover of the Cold War. Perhaps these kids are luckier than we were; I don’t get the feeling that 9/11 casts the same shadow over their lives. I hope my anxiety about what sometimes seems like either indifference or amnesia is unfounded, but I have a bad feeling about it all.

  • reidjr

    When i was in school we had a parade it went from the legion to the school then the kids and vets went into the school and had lunch it was really nice oh by the way that legion now is a mosque.

  • johnbrooks3

    While I watched Hogan’s Hero’s as a kid, I remember even back then wondering why would anyone make a comedy about the German prision camps?

    • Clausewitz

      Because the progressives in Hollywood will do anything for a buck.