Lest we forget Canada’s veterans
Wednesday, Nov 09, 2016 10:13 am
The picture of a veteran is often soldiers in green uniforms fighting on foreign soil in World War One and World War Two.
Their sacrifice was great and the peace they won was hard fought and earned and for that those who fought in the two world wars should never be forgotten.
Theirs is not the only face that should come to mind this Remembrance Day.
There are generations of veterans and service men and women who have carried the torch over the following decades fighting and preserving a hard-won peace.
From the Korean war, to global peacekeeping missions, and the Gulf War of 1990-‘91 and the Afghanistan war, Canadians forces are following the legacy of their forbearers.
It’s their sacrifices – some of whom have paid the ultimate price – that have safeguarded the peace, security and freedom Canadians enjoy today.
It’s more important than ever to pay respect for those who have served, and those who do so across the globe today.
It’s moving to see this spirit embraced in the Foothills.
In Okotoks crowds upwards of 1,500, and more than 700 in Black Diamond and Turner Valley, come out each year for Remembrance Day services. The Okotoks Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (one of Canada’s newest branches) has been embraced in the year-and-a-half since it formed.
Okotoks town council is also taking steps to commemorate Canadian veterans, including those from the most recent generations, with a new memorial on Veterans Way, just north of the Cenotaph.
We say Lest we Forget to keep the memory of those who served from fading.
We are fortunate that memory is alive in the Foothills.
Our veterans deserve our thanks and gratitude for their service and sacrifice.