Today, the Canadian Parliament has voted that when the last Canadian veteran of WW I passes away, he will be given a state funeral. More info on the proposal can be found at http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/11/21/2432609-cp.html I'm of two minds on this one. One the one hand, I think that it is great that the people of Canada want to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans from WW I. I believe it is an attempt by the nation to extend an honour to all veterans of that conflict and to perhaps mourn a generation lost. However, on the other hand I see it as breaking with the tradition of treating all of the fallen equally. It becomes, and I realize it is unintentional, a morbid lottery of death. Whoever lives longest gets the fancy sendoff. I am somewhat afraid that everyday folks might decide that since the last one has passed that the debt we owe our veterans of that era has been paid. Hence, no more need to bother with remembrance, forget about the history, just pack up the remnants and get on with things. I don't begrudge any of our surviving WWI veterans whatever benefits the Canadian government deems fit to give them, including funeral benefits. And I certainly don't want to come across as hard-hearted regarding our veterans or their families. But I am thinking of all those other families that lost loved ones over the years that were WW I veterans as well as all those whose loved ones never returned from overseas. As well, I just get a bad feeling about the unintended effects such a "memorial" could have. Have other countries done a state funeral for their last WW I veterans? If so, how did the public receive it? Am I completely out in left field? Let me know what you folks think, perhaps you can help me with a perspective on this I am missing. Cheers to all.