Posted by Doug Draper onNiagara At Large
On the Day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral, Monday, September 19th, 2022
“Everyone is our neighbor, no matter what race, creed or colour.” – Queen Elizabeth II.
“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lied down and accept defeat. Instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.” – Queen Elizabeth II.
A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – For those of us who have followed so much of the commentary around the death of Queen Elizabeth II after 70 years on the British throne, so much of the mourning, I think, has been driven by the death of one of the very major figures from a “greatest generation” with a line back to so much of the history of the 20th Century, from the Second World War, through the Cold War and yes, believe it or not, The Beatles and a 1960s “British Invasion” of music and culture that ccontinued to have an impact on western culture for decades to come.
She was one of the last living embodiments of that history, and with her death we are now left with more ugly times with Twitter, Facebook, Trump and, here in Canada, with so-called “freedom rallies” and Fxxk Trudeau flags and too many political leaders who have not got the guts to offer inspring leadership, and with growing homelessness and climate crisis that may very well finish us off because we seem too stubborn and greedy to make the changes we need to make to provide our communities with affordable housing and to save this planet for humans and other species living on it.
Here is Elton John, who was knighted by the Queen, performing his Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding epic, which seems appropriate for this moment in time. –
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Whether one likes the monarchy or not, she did her job 24/7 for 70+ years and did so with class and humor. She even had the guts and grace to offer an olive branch to Ireland admitting the troubled past and shaking the hand of the leader of the same IRA that murdered Lord Mountbatten.
To me, a nation without tradition is just a name on a map. GB has tradition in spades and it gave a sense of continuity and stability. She ruled through a lot of rocky times and rolled with the punches.
I saw Elton in Toronto on the day the Queen died. Among other things, he said she had worked “bloody hard” her whole life. His words were very comforting to me that night.