A Remembrance Day Memorial: Recalling the Rwanda Genocide of 1994 in Song “Kilgali”

By John Borst, PP  Rotary Club of Dryden

Today is Remembrance Day. In the US it is called Veteran’s Day.

It is appropriate on such days to remind all Rotarians that “Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.”

This Rotary year, R I President Ian Riseley is co-sponsoring with two Rotary’s Action Groups: the Rotary Action Group For Peace and ESRAG – the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, a Presidential Peacebuilding Conference from February 8 to 11th in Vancouver, Canada. The theme is “Environmental Sustainability and Peace”.

There is nothing easy about maintaining peace and security. As a reminder of its many challenges, I would invite you to view the introductory commentary and original song by the Canadian troubadour Jon Brooks, who visited my community of Dryden, on Thursday evening.

The song is a tribute to Romeo Dallaire who attempted to maintain the peace during the 100 days of genocide that occurred in Rwanda during 1994.