Innocence Saluting Heroism
A young boy waits on the sidewalk for the passing of Canadian troops. The video speaks for itself. In his innocence, he waits for more than just Canadian soldiers marching in formation with their flag. The young boy sees what all the other people passing by, refuse to see.
What attracts him is something that transcends completely the vulgarity of daily life that so absorbs the passersby. He sees a higher ideal symbolized in these men in uniform and in his own uniform. He sees expressed the moral beauty inherent in military life: the elevation of sentiments, and the willingness to shed one’s blood for a higher cause. In his own disciplined stance, he admires and selflessly loves the strength for undertaking, for suffering, risking, and winning symbolized in those marching men. For exuberant enthusiasm, he imitates them because he wants to be like them.
In a world blinded by cynicism and self-interest, the scene is a refreshing reminder that these ideals still have an enormous attraction for youth. These are the sentiments and convictions which should be part of every child’s education.
One can also admire the Canadian troop commander who returns the salute with the “Eyes Right!” command. This is the greatest compliment troops on parade can pay and is reserved for dignitaries in reviewing stands. When innocence salutes heroism, heroism must salute back.