On April 9th, 1917, all 4 divisions of the Canadian Corps joined in one formation leading the way to Allied victory for the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The capture of Vimy Ridge came with great sacrifice. We lost nearly 3,600 soldiers and 7,000 wounded. Lest We Forget.
April 9th marks the most important moment in Canadian Corps history. Vimy Ridge: 100 years later.
War is brutish and inglorious and a terrible waste.
The start of a line Eugene Sledge wrote after his service in the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War.
Human suffering, political strife and the injustices of the world send a dagger through the hearts of those who willingly desire peace.
But we cannot become immune to the weight of small acts in response to unrest. Kindness, in service to others, sends a wave of liberation in each other’s souls. The Great War, and those before and after, hold countless stories of human greatness. Moments of extreme empathy, connection and love. When the ego in power is removed, the true self knows love. Use that love and awaken the world. It is our responsibility now to cultivate that love, to tear down the corruption and injustice in Syria and all the places in which our world is hurting.
Never forget the generosity of the soldier who willingly laid his or her life down for civilization’s freedom. Never forget that in times of great tragedy, our love, delivered in whatever quantity, can change the world. And pray for the people who do not believe that love can generate that much power to do so.