All in all a pretty decent day yesterday, good friends, a couple cold beers and a football game, the score matters but it doesn't make a good day bad. I had the pleasure of sitting with three Canadian combat vets one a regular and two first timers at IWS. During the pre-game when the announcer stated that of the group on the field, (Hamilton Light Infantry)
some had served in Bosnia and some Afghanistan, they stood and applauded like we had just won the grey cup,it was great, it brought a little extra national pride to our little stretch of bench and felt good.
Something I didn't notice (should have) until two of them were on their feet yelling at the field to pick the flag up was that at one end of the flag the carriers had decided to take a break and lay it down on the field. A flag that large can be heavy I'm sure, and during the unfurling it's sure to drag a bit here and there, but to intentioanally lay it down and stand around with their hands on their hips shows huge dis-respect for both the flag and the men and women that have fought for it.
It may seem like a small point to some of us but to the three men I sat with yesterday it didn't, and fair to say they've more than earned their right to say so.
Maybe a quick briefing for the carriers explaining that we have a lot of service men and women in our stands and even more families of personel serving overseas right now, and that the flag deserves better than to be laid on the ground.
Cheers, next week we get our first regular season win over the Bombers, hopefully the first of many.