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Who Will Stand on Guard?

Tue, May 29, 2018   |   Author: Peter Vogel   |   Volume 25    Issue 22   

Some of Canada’s most meaningful ceremonies are those that commemorate the sacrifices that were made by Canada’s Army, Navy, and Airforce in combat. Their sacrifice for our freedom is an enduring theme that has inspired patriotism for Canada.

Canada’s military bravery is a significant part of our history and heritage. It has been said that Canada truly became a country, not just a colony, when our troops won the battle at Vimy Ridge during World War 1. Though the four Canadian divisions were still fighting alongside the British, they came together to fight for the first time and this battle has thus become as symbolic as it was costly.

In both World Wars, young Canadians volunteered to serve their country, and many gave their lives.

As with so many aspects of Canada’s heritage, this tradition of volunteering to serve our country in the military is not as strong as it once was. This is not to say that those who are serving are less committed, but rather that there is a shortage of young Canadians who are trying to get into the military. There are currently personnel shortages in the ranks.

What is the solution to this problem? The government has been working on this. They have been advertising and recruiting, no doubt, but they have also started looking at a more alarming solution…

When we think of Canada’s military, we think of the uniform and the flag, and we assume that our soldiers are Canadian. But what if that were not so? What if some of our soldiers were foreign nationals, people living in Canada, but who had not taken an oath of citizenship?

Well, this is exactly the direction the military is looking to bolster its ranks. Currently, there are already a few non-citizens in the ranks who were accepted because they had specialized skills needed by the military.

Now the non-citizens who have joined might be particularly committed to helping our military and defending our country, but where are all the Canadians who should be volunteering, enlisting, and serving? (To be fair and clear, the author of this Communique has not served in Canada’s military, but respects those who have and are serving. He seeks to serve his country in other ways.)

Perhaps it is because of Canada’s relative peace and security that we don’t see the need to serve in our military; we should be thankful for that! Neither can we say that the military is the only way to serve your country; there are others ways, to be sure.

The idea of putting your own life on the line for your country, though, is one of which we must never lose sight. The freedoms we enjoy today were won and defended at the cost of many lives—primarily those of Canadian soldiers, sailors, and pilots who volunteered to serve.

We are not only losing some of these freedoms—there are ongoing attacks on our freedom of speech, for example—but we are also losing that selfless willingness to sacrifice one’s own life for the good of one’s country.

Regaining the ethic of selfless service might be even more difficult than regaining our eroding freedoms. Why? Because we live in a “me-first” society and military service requires a “country-first” mindset.

Canadians must step up to defend Canada on every front. Canada’s youth must be taught about the value and necessity of service to our country, no matter the cost.

Commitment to Canada is not particularly high in the political realm either. Based on approximate numbers that political parties give of their total membership, less than 5% of Canadians are members of any political party at all. But even if that number is too low, even if twice that many were members, is 10% a strong showing of political involvement in a country where we have complete freedom to be involved?

Citizenship in this country has freedoms that we are proud of, but also responsibilities, which we must not shirk. Canada needs Canadians to take up these responsibilities to keep our land “the true North strong and free.”.

There are also some volunteer gaps in CHP’s ranks; at this time, we are calling for a spirit of sacrifice from our members, many of whom are capable of serving as candidates, Official Agents, and members of EDA boards. Now is the time to step forward! There will be sacrifices of time and money, and this is where we need to show our Canadian commitment to our country!

Let’s serve our country by volunteering to uphold our freedoms, whether that be by serving in the military or by defending these freedoms in the political realm. We will continue to honour those who are serving our country and those who have served sacrificially in the past.

It’s our turn to defend our country. Join CHP Canada today and help preserve a future of freedom in Canada.

Let us also pray that God will keep our land glorious and free.

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