Source: A-List Digest, Vol 119, Issue 22
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National Game, International Shame
August 6th 2013
There was a time when the idea of military pomp at a Canadian sporting event would have seemed absurdly out of place – that was an American thing.
Oh, how the times have changed.
These days, when you settle in to watch the Jets beat the Leafs on Saturday night, you do so understanding that there will almost inevitably be some kind of military spectacle on display. Maybe soldiers will rappel from the rafters to thunderous applause. Maybe there will be a moment of silence for our fallen heroes. Maybe Don Cherry will take us on an unscheduled trip to Kandahar in a jocular salute to the boys who are maintaining their team loyalties even while they keep us safe over there.
But wait – over where? Keeping us safe from whom? Doesn’t it matter? …