I was watching the news a minute ago and much of it had to do with the Remembrance Day Ceremonies across the nation. That is all well and good. I totally support it. But I feel that it does not go far enough. While I know that losing someone in a war is an indescribable tragedy that lives on forever in the families that are left behind, there is just as much pain for the families of the soldiers who come back injured or maimed in some way. That kind of pain is often not visible or recognizable but most definitely no less real. It is ongoing, constant, unrelenting and and all too often never-ending.
Those are the tragedies of war that are, in many ways, almost worse. Nobody wants to acknowledge them - certainly not the military! Those wounded (mentally or physically) are the forgotten casualties and quite often uncompensated ones. It almost seems as if the "lucky" ones are the ones that perish, because their suffering ends there, and they are even recognized and honored for it! The ones that come back maimed whether it is physically or mentally, are forgotten and often left to fend for themselves when they are least equipped to do so.
While I honor the sacrifices of the fallen, let us acknowledge that there are more tragedies of war then just the fallen!