Time for young veterans to step up on Remembrance Day

Editor:

As you are well aware, Remembrance Day is fast approaching and as you have all probably noticed, our veterans group is getting smaller by the year.

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As a veteran myself, it is an honour for me to lead our veterans during the Remembrance Day parade.

I am saddened that our group is getting smaller by the year as a lot of our older veterans have either passed away or are physically unable to attend the parade anymore.

So this is a call to our young veterans of Delta and surrounding areas: It’s time to step up.

A lot of our younger veterans feel they don’t belong in the Remembrance Day parade because it was thought to be for the ladies and gentlemen who served in the Great War and the Second World War, and I know that because I was guilty of feeling the same way for years.

Wrong! It is time for us to stand up and carry on this duty and great tradition because if we don’t, Remembrance Day will be no more. It is our duty to our community and country to make sure this never happens.

Many of our younger veterans have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places on peace keeping missions. Some have never served but have held the fort back home, but let’s remember one thing: you are all veterans. Be proud of that. Support the Legion and the community for the great work that they do, not just for Remembrance Day but for the support and welfare that they give to our veterans on a daily basis.

I honestly hope to see as many of you as possible join us on Remembrance Day morning and stay with us throughout the day, not just to honour the people who have come before us or to honour the people we served with, but to let your community honour you. Believe me, they really do.

All details regarding Remembrance Day can be found at the Ladner Legion.

Tony Richards

On behalf of the Ladner Legion

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