Editor’s note: This editorial appeared Nov. 8, 1945 in the Summerside Journal, the year the Second World War ended.
On Armistice Day we remember those who have given their lives in world wars. Is this two minutes silence long enough for us to think of our friends and relatives who have died for us?
For twenty-one years 10 million Canadians celebrated Armistice Day before this war: 7,000,000 hours of gratitude for courage and sacrifice! The gratitude felt in this silence challenges us to use all our energies of heart, mind and spirit to build a second and lasting peace.
As the days go by, events happen which mould the future. They may be small events, a prejudice which is caught up and built upon by the next person until it becomes a government policy, a national powder keg. Every man, woman and child in Canada is moulding the future of our country.
How slow are we to realize “That means me.” When we do see it we can fight to create that mould out of our strengths – courage, honesty and hard work, not out of weaknesses – prejudice, greed and fear.
How can we do this? We can put an end to personal wars. We can keep our hearts open and let affection for lost loved ones be used for those around us. As one Canadian mother whose husband fell at Dieppe writes:
“I’ll thank the Lord who made him fearless, though valor claimed his life
“Like him I’ll be a fighter ever, and conquer in the strife.
“I may not raise a cross of stone to hallow the place he fell.
“But for his sake I’ll fight to build the land he loved so well.”
We can live as we want our nation to live. We can begin to make the other fellow, the other nation great.
Then Canada will have an inner strength, a dignity and authority as she takes her place among the nations.
Her dealings will be fair because Canadians are fair. Her policy will be for the good of all nations because Canadians have learned to care for each other. She will be honest because Canadians have nothing to hide.
Canada, clean, strong and free – a country whose people have discovered “the things that belong unto peace.”