This is in response to the letter from Sandra Benz (Maybe Some Should Just Stay Away From Service, The Daily News, Nov. 26).
How dare you suggest a veteran not attend a Remembrance Day ceremony!
At no point in Mr. McFarlane’s letter did he say he was bored! He was upset at the religious tone and commercialization of the ceremony.
If you look on the Veteran’s Affairs website, you will see that Remembrance Day is in “remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.”
To suggest he not attend to make room for those that really care is an insult! If you really care, crowds and lack of parking resulting in you having to walk a distance should not be an inconvenience.
Maybe the soldiers of the First World War found it inconvenient to live in rat-infested trenches in ankle-deep water?
Maybe the Royal Rifles and Winnipeg Grenadiers found it inconvenient to spend nearly four years as prisoners of war under the brutal hands of the Japanese after defending Hong Kong?
Maybe the soldiers of 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry found it inconvenient being out numbered seven to one by the Chinese to the extent that their commanding officer, Col. ‘Big’ Jim Stone, had to call artillery on their own position?
Maybe I and my fellow soldiers found it inconvenient in the Medak Pocket in Croatia to sift through a burned down village trying to decipher whether what we found was human or animal?
If anyone should stay away from our future Remembrance Day ceremonies, I suggest it’s you and the likes of you, Miss Benz.
Of course, as much as I disagree with your opinion, I will always fight for your right to express it, but as my mother says, “some opinions should be kept to themselves.”
MCPL (RET.) CHRIS WHITELAW 2 P.P.C.L.I., Ducimus