Canada - piss on it, eh?
Date: Tuesday, July 04 2006
A national disgrace'
Veterans renew calls for security at war memorial after Canada Day revellers defile 'sacred' place
Shannon Proudfoot, The Ottawa Citizen; with files from The Canadian Press
Published: Monday, July 03, 2006
Furious veterans are renewing their demands that the National War Memorial be guarded to protect it against "disgusting" assaults after young men were caught urinating on it during Canada Day festivities.
Last year on Canada Day, he observed many people sitting and drinking on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but when he reminded them about the young soldier's grave, most were apologetic.
He noticed things becoming rowdier late at night, with several people pouring drinks on the tomb in a misguided, intoxicated tribute to the man lying below.
A retired major snapped digital pictures of several people relieving themselves on the monument around 11 p.m. on Saturday, as thousands poured into the streets following the fireworks.
Most cheered and laughed when they were photographed using the memorial as a toilet on the nation's birthday.
Dr. Pilon has also contacted several politicians and government agencies to ask that the National War Memorial be protected, to no avail.
Although he was "very offended" by those he caught urinating on the monument, he is more angry about the lack of action from politicians.
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on July 4, 2006]