Dignity

by Ross Lord

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杭州楼凤

We were reminded again of how adversity can bring out the best in people.
Through interviews yesterday, we were struck by the extraordinary dignity of soldiers whose convoy was struck Sunday, and 6 of their closest friends killed.
Imagine your family living together in a barren, treacherous, neighborhood — living off the side of a vehicle for more than a month.
Then, imagine several members wiped out in an instant — before your eyes.
The media lines up to ask you to bare your soul.
In spite of this, each of the men we spoke with — including the crew commander of the stricken lav 3, and 2 other young men who witnessed the explosion from the vehicle behind — were strong,articulate, and open about what they saw and felt.
These men also shared fond memories oflaughs they had shared with the fallen soldiers, and, how they’d like Canada to remember them.
“Don’t think of how they died, think of the lives they led. They led amazing lives,” said one young man.
They expressed great pride in their training, which allowed them to save a 7th soldier, who suffered serious injuries.
They don’t see their jobs — eating rations and confronting/eluding the Taliban in the withering heat — as a burden.
They consider it a privilege to serve the country they love, and, an honour to serve alongside others who share their sense of purpose.
The Senior Canadian Chaplain here at Kandahar Air Field says it helps the soldiers to talk about what happened.
Their dignity inspires us, too.