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The very thing Diana Moes Vandehoef purports to disdain is what she encourages, and that is a glorification of violence and death (Not a day for debate, Nov. 8).

Remembrance Day is not about remembering the living, maimed or not. It's not a Veteran's Day or an Armed Forces' Day. Hence, an article about Remembrance Day should not reference those "who risked their lives" or "soldiers and their families."

As a veteran this sickens me.

During Remembrance Day services, no one should be asked to applaud those serving in theatres of war, as military chaplains have requested. That's politics. Before you clap, please remove your poppies.

Following the Great War of 1914-18, Winston Churchill said, "War does not determine who is right -- only who is left." That is what is to be remembered.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks a divide between those who died and those who did not.

SCOTT INSCH

Winnipeg

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On many Remembrance Days, the lines of In Flanders Field help us recall the First World War battles where many Canadians fought and died in defence of our country and values. They are still used today, almost 100 years after they were first written by Lt.-Col. John McCrae on the battlefields of Belgium.

While those historic poetic words sadly still apply through the conflict zones of Earth, we are able to hear them in peace because of the dedication of those who protect our freedoms. The fallen passed us the torch for us to hold high and we do so in their memories.

The sacrifices made for freedom didn't cease with the Second World War or the Korean War. Canadian Forces have worked to keep the peace throughout the world. As many as 350 Manitoba-based military personnel from CFB Shilo now completing the last of Canada's tours of duty in Afghanistan have started to return home after taking part in Operation Attention.

While this tour represents the last of the Canadian troops in Afghanistan, it won't be the last time Canadians step up to defend the values we hold dear.

On Nov. 11, we will pause to honour and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who bravely risked everything for the sake of others they didn't even know.

BONNIE MITCHELSON

MLA for River East

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 9, 2013 A16

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