Friday, May 7, 2010

Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori

"Sweet and Fitting It Is To Die For Your Country"

I've been wargaming since my sixteenth birthday; it's a hobby that shaped my career, led to my serving in the Army, my work as a peacekeeper in Bosnia, and has helped me enjoy an ongoing relationship with my three boys (and preparing me for my career as an attorney--all them durn rulebooks!).

But sometimes we gamers forget that the soldiers and wars so portrayed are not mere images but reality.

Today, on an wargamer's Email list to which I subscribe, I got the following from Maurice Miskow of Canada:

All of us enjoy playing wargames where only cardboard and electrons die; sadly this is not true in real life.

Some of you may have heard of the death of the first Canadian sailor in Afganistan last Monday. His was Petty Officer Craig Blake, 37, who left behind a brother, wife and two young boys (14 and 8). He was the proud son of the brother of my sister-in-law.

Craig joined the navy at 18 and was going to retire next year after 20 years service. He was a navy deep sea diver with explosives training, and had served in the Gulf war.

Let us not forget the true sacrifices our heroes make.


The Winnepeg Free Press has the story here.

God rest you, sailor, and flights of angels see thee to thy rest. And thank you, Maurice, for allowing me to retell your story.

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