How do we make it stop? November 05 2017 2 Comments
My grandmother’s brother, John Stanley Corbitt, was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme.
"Few words conjure the futility and the staggering losses of the First World War like the Somme. The battle lasted five months, killed or wounded approximately 1.2 million men, and produced little gains."
"About 630,000 Canadians enlisted between 1914 and 1918 — most of them volunteers... More than 234,000 were killed or wounded."
"When the fighting was finally over, no one could tell exactly how many had been killed but historians estimate that up to 10 million men lost their lives on the battlefield - and another 20 million were wounded."
"The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher."
The population of Canada is 36.7 million.
We owe much to those who have given their lives. Wearing a poppy and saying “thank you” seems completely inadequate. But it is a start.
The “war to end all wars” did not. We are left with the question – how do we make it stop?
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