Thursday, November 09, 2006

State Funeral for our Heroes

Please take twenty-five seconds of your life to sign this petition, which urges the Prime Minister to offer a state funeral for the last veteran of World War One.

And if you needed anymore convincing, then take two minutes of your life and read this post. An exceprt:

As reported in today’s Globe and Mail, barely a third of our fellow citizens can name the battle of Vimy Ridge as a key Canadian victory in the First World War, even when the answer is hinted at in the question. One in four respondents thought Douglas Macarthur, not Sir Arthur Currie, was a great Canadian general in World War One; a result that reveals a stunning lack of awareness of both chronology and nationality. Equally disconcerting, less than half of 18 to 24 year olds surveyed were familiar with Capitan John McRae’s immortal (or maybe not) war poem, In Flanders Fields.