To the glorious memory
Of members of this university
Who fell in the Great War
Take these men for your ensamples
Like them remember that prosperity can be only for the free
That freedom is the sure possession of those alone
Who have the courage to defend it
Yesterday evening, I took the photograph of the above inscription. Below these words follows hundreds of names, patriots who died in the two World Wars, defending Canada and freedom.
Perhaps those who think that I committed treason for relinquishing my citizenship should know that Canadian patriots died fighting on the same side as the United States. Canadians have made very significant sacrifices in the two world wars, Korea, and Afghanistan, as allies of the United States. When I became a Canadian, I understood that I was going to share in this proud heritage. As far as I could tell when I expatriated, the United States and Canada were still friends and allies. It may have been treason if I had become of a citizen of a country which was at war with the United States at the time I relinquished my citizenship. But it is unbelievably stupid to call someone a traitor who becomes a citizen of nation which is a friend and an ally.