Moose Country Minute – November 11 2017

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Today, of course, is Remembrance Day, and it troubles me to no end that our Prime Minister will not be laying a wreath today at the War Memorial in Ottawa.

He is out of the country, touring places like Japan,  Vietnam, and the Philippines, in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump doing the same.

This has nothing to do with the outdoors, of course, nor is it what I usually talk about here on Saturday mornings on Outdoor Journal Radio.

So, apologies all around for those who thought I might be talking out the deer hunt, which is underway up in my old neck of the woods in the Bancroft area.

But I will tell you this. There’re be a lot of hunters who will take today off to be at the cenotaph in that small town.

There will be a lot of orange blaze in the crowd.

I am of a generation that never had to fight a war for Canada’s freedoms. My father did, though.

And there is a Bonokoski Lake up in northern Saskatchewan named after my dad’s first cousin, Daniel, who never made it home to Estevan.

They were young farm boys when they signed up for the Royal Canadian Air Force. They hunted, and they fished. They plowed fields and they harvested wheat.

And then off they went to fly in Lancaster bombers over Germany, an adventure for a time until it wasn’t.

So, excuse me for thinking that our prime minister should be in Ottawa this morning at the war memorial to commemorate the thousands of young Canadians who fought and died in our two world wars, as well as in Korea.

I do not think it is too much to ask.