The headng for this video states that they were British war dead. But it is quite clear that Canadian war dead were buried there too.Veterans of World War II and the North African Campaign.
For seventy years the deceased Canadian soldier lay, as he should undisturbed. Then in a shocking breach of international custom, his gravestone in Benghazi, Lybia, was smaished to pieces by vandals.
The Candian is among the dead servicemen at the centre of an international outcry after hundreds of headstones of World War II soldiers from the commonwealth were desecrated by Lybian mob, apparently in retaliation to the buring of the Qu'ran by US sopldiers in Afghanistan last month. -- From The Toronto Star,, Page A1 above the fold.
Okay, Let me get this straight. Some American GI burns the Qu'ran and British and Canadian war graves are desecrated. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.
I have always been proud of the fact that Canadian buries her war dead where they fall. With the War in Afghanistan and the risk that the Taliban would desecrate the remains of our fallen soldiers, Canada brings home her sons and daughters who die in that region of the world..
It is time unfortunately to bring home our war dead from places that have no resepct for the dead. I find it unconscionable that they would attack the graves of Canadian Servicemen especially since it has been Canadin airforcement men who help the Lybians come out from under Ghaddaffi's brutal thumb.
To The Right Honourable Mr. Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Leader of her Majesty's Loyal Government and to the Rt. Honourable Peter McKay, Minister of Department of National Defence, I ask you to bring back our war dead buried in lands where there is the risk that they will not be respected.
Canada has war dead buried throughout Europe. We have war dead buried in Italy, our enemies in both World Wars, and yet the cemetaries are cared for and protected and whatever passes between our countries now, the war dead are sacred and untouched. This is an European concept. War dead even enemies are to be respected. But I fear that if Canada has sons buried in parts of the world where war dead are not respected, then bring them home. I am loathe to wish to exhume and disturb the peace and rest of a fallen soldier, but better to disturb them a little then risk worse damage at the hands of thugs who understand nothing of sacrifice, honour, valour, duty and love of God and Country.
Flying Officer Martin Northmore, aged 21 when he was killed fighting in North Africa during WWII deserves better than this.
If ye break faith with with us you die,
We shall not rest though poppies grow
In Flanders' Field
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM