#GivingTuesday – Thanking Our Vets

by Stacey Diffin-Lafleur

shutterstock_162016817Men and women, young and old make up our war veteran population; did you know that one in 35 Canadians is a veteran? One day a year we stop everything to remember them with moments of silence and ceremonies across the country at cenotaphs, memorials and in legions. We celebrate them and express gratitude for the gifts and sacrifices they made as part of their duty to our country and our people.

It’s not just the combat duty vets that we recognize with our thanks. Canadian vets include people who serve people, they are the folks who defend our borders and serve on the front lines in other countries, and they are the mechanics, the nurses, the doctors and the engineers in the military to name but a few professions. We meet and interact with our vets every day and in all walks of life. Did you know that? Look around any filled room, at least one of these people are vets.

How can we pay our gratitude forward and give back?

Easy and simply.

Say thanks to a vet every day. Thank a soldier you know, a peacekeeper who’s served far away, a police officer and an RCMP officer; they are working for us. They chose to do this for you and me, our families and our friends.

I wear my poppy proudly (I wear and lose at least a dozen a year); and I attend memorial services and celebrations. In doing so, I remember my cousins, aunts, uncles and great aunts and grand uncles who served in our military. Many gave their lives in WW2 so we never met, many served in Korea, but luckily there are many that I grew up with, aunts and uncles who served here, and across the oceans, and one as a merchant marine. I am proud to be part of their family. They are my heritage. They are yours.

#givingtuesday – Lest we forget, take a minute today and think about those you know, the members of your family and those of your friends, that made the choice to give to their country.


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