Eyes, right! (Thank you, Veterans, from today’s youth)

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 11, 2011
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“Little Belgian boy saluting Canadian Troops.”

Reddit: “Eyes Right” – A lone Belgian boy waits to salute Canadian troops passing by who had been attending a memorial service. What happens is pretty classy. The “eyes right” command is the biggest compliment troops on parade can pay and is usually reserved for dignitaries.

Respect given. Respect returned. A salute is like a bow, a signal that we’re awake and aware and we respect whomever and whatever we’re saluting. Context below.


So cute: we can remember being a little child and getting so excited by something, as this boy does here, that we nearly jump up and out of our boots.

Youtube comment:

I’ve now watched this about 15 times. Each time, I’m fine until he comes to attention for the last time and salutes. Then it really hits me hard and wells me up. This boy deserves recognition for showing that there is some humanity left in the world. Also the Canadians, what a response, and what a compliment to pay to the boy.

There is some good left in the world, this proves it.

More relephant comments, via Reddit:

Why is a Belgian boy wearing a kilt and tam?

Canadian Highlander uniform. it’s the regiment who saved/liberated his village apparently.

He is wearing a tiny WWII era Canadian army highland regiment dress uniform. Belgium was liberated (in part) by the 2nd Canadian Corp which included highland regiments like the Calgary Highlanders, Cameron Highlander of Canada, Black Watch of Canada, and Essex Scots. The 10th Infantry Brigade was there as well and included the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

And why isn’t the soldier in the front turning his head? Kasung will know this, but:

You have the person leading the formation, followed by pipers that are not part of the main formation, then the tall guy who is the “right marker” who on the command “Eyes left/right” will keep looking forward to help keep the formation going straight.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Eyes, right! (Thank you, Veterans, from today’s youth)”

  1. Linda Lewis says:

    So sweet indeed, and informative to folks like me who are civilians. But even though basic goodness doesn't make the news, there is still so much evident kindness expressed by most beings.