World War II began on a warm late summer day as Hitler and his men marched into Poland. Poland fought valiantly, but fell to the Nazis a short time later. After much bloodshed, many tears and long months of fighting, the aggression ended on May 8, 1945 with the victory in Europe.
Fast forward to 2005. Canada has proclaimed this year to be the 'year of the veteran' to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of the of the war. There is everything from big band shows to tea parties to dances. Many Canadian veterans have also gone back to the battlefields for a visit as they have not seem them since the end of the war.
Are we doing enough for these vets? In my opinion, the answer would be no. These men and women risked life and limb so we could have the freedom we enjoy today. Some even paid for it with their lives. We have absolutely no idea what it means to be at war (well most of us) and take the hard earned freedom we have for granted. So if you take part in any of these celebrations or wait until the beginning of September to celebrate the victory in Japan, hug a vet and thank him or her for the job she did and the freedom you now enjoy!