Sunday is Remembrance Day. I have a Remembrance Day tradition, that I started when I was at the Sun News Network, of reading a poem each year.
Not “In Flanders Fields”, which is very touching and is the reason we wear poppies on our lapels, but a different poem, by Rudyard Kipling, the great British journalist and author and sometimes activist, the author of the Jungle Book. A poem simply called "Tommy." I’ll read his poem tonight.
I've also have discovered a song, one that talks about veterans or, more to the point, how men who are recruited are sometimes treated. Some people call it an anti-war song, but I think it is a pro-soldier song.
Listen tonight and tell me what you think.
I'll also look at how bad things are for our veterans under Trudeau.
I see it in the UK, too, through my work with Tommy Robinson. They are a few years further down the road than we are. So many British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan; so many have PTSD, and they’re being short-changed.
Tommy has a new campaign about a PTSD clinic there that was shut down due to lack of funds — but they have funds for sex change operations and breast implants on the taxpayer dime.
We don’t seem to learn.
Listen to Kipling's poem and tell me things are better now than when he wrote it 128 years ago.
We ought to respect our troops, from the moment they’re recruited, throughout their service, and afterwards. That means not sending them on foolish missions like Mali; that means giving them proper pay and equipment while they serve; that means taking care of them if they’re wounded.
I think we need to do a better job of remembering.
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