|Canadian Memorial at Vimy|
I don't know if the COVID responses in the US and Canada would be different now if we had spent the past 100 years remembering the pandemic that killed far more people than the war did. As an overeducated American, I learned nothing in school about the flu of 1918-1920. Nothing at all. I learned more in March than I did in the previous 50 years. I learned about flattening curves and about how different cities treated the disease differently and getting, unsurprisingly, different outcomes. I learned about anti-maskers way back when and all of that.
|Aussie War Memorial|
As a result of all this, this Remembrance Day is not like any other up here, as the streets are barricaded to keep people away from the War Memorial. People will have to join online events or contemplate events on their own. I happened only yesterday to get a poppy as I was, um, buying booze for a lava cake recipe (and it was really, really good). Usually, there is peer pressure to get poppies as soon as we bring in the Halloween decorations. Not this year, as I have rarely been outside and have not been to any gatherings since a meeting in July. I wish everyone was taking this as seriously as my friends and family.
|Memorials to the Canadians who |
fell in Afghanistan (Camp Mirage)
Back to Remembrance day, the war definitely helped to take a disease and facilitate its spread. This is one reason why every conflict I see these days, one of my first thoughts is what is this doing to exacerbate the pandemic, whether it is Ethiopia this week or Armenia/Azerbaijan last wee or Syria over the summer. So, on this Remembrance Day, I remember the soldiers who died of the
flu as the various dynamics of the war caused many, many young people
to be struck down before their lives could really get started.