written and performed by David Fennario

Fennario's War

Dedicated to Arthur Charles Degrasse, Private, shot for desertion March 1918


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(Extracts from Introduction)

I am sitting in the bar of the King Edward Hotel. On the walls, oldtime photos and momentos including a large portrait of the famous Lord Kitchener WW1 recruiting poster.

Facing Kitchener is a poster of Charlie Chaplin in the film "Shoulder Arms" and the TV set above the shelf running a report of Rememberance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, with Stephen Harper making the usual clichés about the Glorious Dead before laying a wreath. I just told the waiter to turn it down, enough of that bullshit, right? Thought you would agree with me on that.

How many Canadian soldiers dead in Afghanistan now? Yeah, too many.

I'm in my 20's, a freelance reporter working on a human interest story for the Montreal Gazoo, Rememberance Day, 1977, taking in the ceremonies at the Cenotaph memorial in Dominion Square with two minutes of silence and then the 21 boom, boom, boom ..

David Fennario, 2007