Remembrance Day – Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman (year round care, vigilance and actions)

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan's 2015 Remembrance Day message

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan’s 2015 Remembrance Day message

Remembrance

On Remembrance Day, it is customary to honour and show our appreciation of our veterans past and present for their service and sacrifice for Canada. Quoting our new Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan‘s Facebook posting,

On this Remembrance Day, we honour the courage shown, time and again, by our men and women in uniform, past and present. We show our deep appreciation for all they have sacrificed for Canada.

Once a year, we buy our poppy pins and wear them on our clothing to show we remember and we care.

Year round care, vigilance and actions

In 2010, Canada’s first Veteran’s Ombudsman Colonel Pat Stogran, via his passionate/frank words and actions (Ottawa Citizen “Embattled ombudsman Pat Stogran makes his last stand for Canada’s veterans“), got my blood boiled and taught me that as Canadians we could and should do more by speaking up to help our veterans at home by holding our governments in Ottawa accountable to keep our promises to take care of our veterans and their families.

Power of social media

As a start, please LIKE & SHARE the Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman & Ombudsman des vétérans du Canada official Facebook pages.

The Veterans Ombudsman works toward ensuring that the sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans and their families are recognized through the provision of services, benefits, and support in a fair, accessible, and timely manner. The Ombudsman plays an important role in raising awareness of the needs and concerns of Veterans and their families.

LIKE & SHARE these pages so we Canadians can help the Ombudsman to keep issues important to our veterans in Canadians’ hearts & minds and hold our government accountable to do the right thing for our veterans all year round. When we make noises in social media, call or email our MPs, they listen.

Blood boiled since 2010

In 2010, Rick Mercer talked about Canada’s first Veteran’s Ombudsman Colonel Pat Stogran’s battle with our government to fight for our veterans. My blood boiled and I was changed forever after watching Rick’s rant. Have a watch and be prepared to understand our veterans need our year round care, vigilance and actions.

Rick Mercer Report: Rick’s Rant – Pat Stogran

Final thoughts

I know I will never fight wars for Canada (the most I’ve done personally is, for five years, I’ve designed, coded, and tested military softwares used by the Canadian military in battles) but I’ve and will keep speaking up for our veterans and hold our governments accountable to do the right things for our veterans at home. If enough of us make noises in social media (Facebook, Twitter), calling or emailing our MPs, they will have no choice but to listen.

Our past and present veterans risked their lives to protect our freedom and implement our governments’ foreign policies, the least we can do is to make sure our veterans don’t have to fight worser battles with their own government in Ottawa when they come home wounded. And we can make sure our veterans’ widows/families don’t have to fight their governments to get fair and proper treatment when their loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifices.

P.S. Some photos from 2015 Remembrance Day celebration in Ottawa (via CTV News).

Remembrance Day - Pix 01

Remembrance Day – Pix 01

Remembrance Day - Pix 02 - Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan interview with CTV Robert Fife

Remembrance Day – Pix 02 – Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan interview with CTV Robert Fife

Remembrance Day - Pix 03 - Hong Kong Veterans

Remembrance Day – Pix 03 – Hong Kong Veterans

Remembrance Day - Pix 04

Remembrance Day – Pix 04

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2015 Nov 12 Update: I really admire Terry’s years of dedication to the Canadian Hong Kong Veterans. Terry and myself are both former resident of Hong Kong. Here are some photos Terry took and text by her. I’m sharing her photos and text with permission. //Service at Cenotaph at Central Memorial Park, Calgary and lunch with Veterans! ALPHA stand for Association of Learning and Preserving History of World War II in Asia.//

Wreaths from Calgary ALPHA (Association of Learning and Preserving History of World War II in Asia) and Former Residents of Hong Kong Photo credit: Terry

Wreaths from Calgary ALPHA (Association of Learning and Preserving History of World War II in Asia) and Former Residents of Hong Kong
Photo credit: Terry

Wreaths at Calgary Central Memorial Park Cenotaph Photo credit: Terry

Wreaths at Calgary Central Memorial Park Cenotaph
Photo credit: Terry

//Nice to meet David again. Mr. David Vidalin went to Hong Kong in 1945 to bring the Canadian Hong Kong Veterans home; it was an unforgetable memories for him.// Photo and text credit: Terry

//Nice to meet David again. Mr. David Vidalin went to Hong Kong in 1945 to bring the Canadian Hong Kong Veterans home; it was an unforgetable memories for him.//
Photo and text credit: Terry

//Presenting our wreaths!// Photo and text credit: Terry

//Presenting our wreaths!//
Photo and text credit: Terry

//Love these Poppies!// Photo and text credit: Terry

//Love these Poppies!//
Photo and text credit: Terry

//Can't resist to take a picture of this ! From Mr. David Vidalin!// Photo and text credit: Terry

//Can’t resist to take a picture of this ! From Mr. David Vidalin!//
Photo and text credit: Terry

Photo credit: Terry

Photo credit: Terry

//Left to Right : David Vidalin, former MP Art Hanger and Hong Kong Veteran Ralph MacLean.// Photo and text credit: Terry

//Left to Right : David Vidalin, former MP Art Hanger and Hong Kong Veteran Ralph MacLean.//
Photo and text credit: Terry

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