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
“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.
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).
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.//