The Remembrance Day ceremony at the Vernon Cenotaph was limited Nov. 11 but still saw hundreds of people line the streets and come to lay a poppy and pay their respects. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

The Remembrance Day ceremony at the Vernon Cenotaph was limited Nov. 11 but still saw hundreds of people line the streets and come to lay a poppy and pay their respects. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

LETTER: Vernon man remembers war debt

‘We didn’t have these taxes before the First World War’

When you were remembering on Nov. 11, did you remember – you, your family, your friends, your neighbours – that soldiers do not start wars?

Politicians and religious groups start wars.

Did you remember the millions of people – soldiers, civilians, innocent children – who died in wars that were not necessary and no one won?

Did you remember the money we spent out of our taxes to finance the wars and incurred a debt that we will probably never pay off?

We didn’t have these taxes before the First World War.

Barrie McLean

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