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A show of thanks

It takes a special kind of person to join the military.

Yes they are disciplined and dedicated to the mission at hand, but they also need to have a caring heart. They have to care about their country and their neighbours. Those neighbours could be the people that live physically close to them, people throughout North America or those in a far removed country who are counting on them to help out during troubled times.

Just like front line emergency responders such as the police, firefighters and paramedics, members of the Army, Navy and Air Force are ready and willing to step in when they are most needed. What would cause most of us to flee from a situation prompts them to step up to the plate and serve a vital role.

With Remembrance Day near upon us, and the tragic events that have taken place in Ontario and Quebec in recent weeks, the importance of our nation’s military becomes all that much clearer. The pride that we have for them is being expressed in many ways through the outpouring of sympathy for lives that were cut short too soon.

The deaths of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent have left a void in the hearts of their families and the nation itself. To have soldiers targeted on home soil is not something we as Canadians have had to deal with in the past. It reinforces the fact that there are so many dedicated men and women are ready and willing to protect their country.

These most recent losses will certainly be in the forefront of our minds of November 11. They along with those who have served or continue to serve the security of a nation will be honoured across the country. Those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice will hold a special place in our hearts. Those who have seen the horrors of battle and returned home forever impacted by what they have experienced will be included in the embrace of those who remember.

Our veterans are the brave and inspiring like Goward Heath who recently marked his 99th birthday. They are those like Chad Kinden who has garnered a new respect for what Remembrance Day means through his time in the military.

We remember those who are currently serving during trying times, like Andrea Smart, who is dedicated to serving her country.

We are proud of each and every person who makes the decision to join the military. Taking this time to remember them on Tuesday is the least we can do to show our thanks.


—   Karen Wells


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