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2006 09 18
Rise Of Militarism?
Military aircraft fly over Queen's Park during yesterday's parade - Photo, J. Treloar

Here is what the press release for yesterday's parade from Fort York to Queen's Park had to say:
Formal Unveiling Ceremony to be preceded by one of the largest military parades since the Second World War. The parade will begin at 12 noon and will travel from the Fort York Armoury up University Avenue to Queen's Park. A 15-gun salute and inspection of the Guard of Honour by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will follow at 2 p.m. Fly past will include vintage and military aircraft - Lancaster Bomber; Hawker Hurricane; Harvards, as well as present day CF 18 fighters and Griffon helicopters.

There is a disturbing trend recently towards the celebration of military action and military hardware on a scale we haven't seen, as the press release says, since WWll. While many of us agree that we owe a great debt to previous generations for their military sacrifices, our recent sabre-rattling seems oddly out of character given roughly two generations of Canadian neutrality.
[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 09/18 at 09:43 AM

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