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Our Veterans have Sacrificed their Lives for Our Freedom


We should not forget. Our rights and freedoms in the "free world" were given to us by those who went to war.

Our right to own land, exists only because we have a constitution that guarantees peaceable ownership of private property. Within the country, our rights exist by way of agreement. Ownership of land is evidenced by a Deed or other title documents. However, not so, when it comes to countries!

A nation has "title" to its lands not by a deed, document or some written evidence of ownership; it has "title" by what is known as "allodial title". This is actually, the highest form of ownership that one can achieve. It is ownership by brute force. It is ownership by conquest. It is ownership by success in war and in battle. It is confirmed by occupancy and the ability to defend its borders.

In a true sense, it has been obtained only because we have had soldiers willing to give up their lives to provide others with the right to freedom and the right to be secure in their homelands. These two concepts are repeated in the constitutions of every free country.

Oddly at times, over the centuries, and with an examination of the history of war for the last 5,000 years, one will often see leaders who exercised greater freedom than anyone else, and whose personal freedom was never really at risk, making decisions for the soldiers. Their names are, of course, recorded in the historical documents of almost every nation.

But, tomorrow, we honour the "veterans of war", the "unknown soldier" and the "unforgettable soldier", to whom we express our appreciation for our freedom and our security within our homelands.

Everyone knows “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, but here is another, and less known poem about veterans:

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.”

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote. 

The author is unknown, but the poem is best read by Dorothy Jamieson, a long-time activist for veteran’s rights, who can be heard reciting this poem on the John Moore show on 9 November 2012:

Dorothy Jamieson is now 95 years of age and according to her, she is ready to pass the torch. Dorothy resides in Port Credit (Mississauga) Ontario.

Remember to pause a celebrate freedom tomorrow by attending a ceremonial function, or by pausing for a few minutes at 11:00 am. It's worth your "investment".

Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker is a Manager at RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage 416-745-2300.



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