I’d like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the Town of McAdam on a wonderful New Brunswick Day celebration. As a World War Two veteran, I was pleased to receive a remembrance lapel pin at the event. The pin showed two poppies on a maple leaf background representing World Wars One and Two, and read ‘peace and freedom.’ However, I was disappointed that no mention was made of the UN Human Rights Declaration. I can think of few things more worthy of celebrating on New Brunswick Day than this plea for peace that was authored by our very own John Humphrey of Hampton, NB, and accepted by all members of the United Nations.
Twice in 1919 and 1945, we were promised ‘peace and freedom.’ Every war since then represents a betrayal of all who served and died in the World Wars. As United States World War Two General Omar Bradley said, “Wars can be prevented just as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them share the guilt of the dead.” We the people can and must stop the war machine and support the United Nations goals and our human right to peace and freedom.