Caring Package critics ‘missed the point’
Tony Trigiani has been sending Caring Packages to people across Canada as a part of his philanthropic support of the Never Forgotten National Memorial.
His “Until WE Meet Again – A Caring Network” recently gifted the veterans at Taigh Na Mara in Glace Bay with comforters on Valentine’s Day.
NDP MLA Lisa Roberts (Halifax Needham), on a recent edition of CBC’s “Information Morning,” missed the point entirely regarding these Caring Packages which were meant to evoke a period in time and the memories therein.
A card within the valentine’s submission depicts a young woman reading a letter from overseas. Inside the card are pictures depicting soldiers receiving mail or writing home. One has the caption: “P.S., I love you.”
You can well imagine what these letters meant to the recipients.
Two cassettes accompany the cards: “P.S., I Love You” by the Beatles and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a favourite during the Second World War. The latter has the refrain “I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places” which would certainly evoke memories of the listeners, especially veterans and their families.
Further evoking the spirit of the times: chocolates and trinkets were rare commodities in households of the nation as everything was for the war effort. For children to receive such items would be an absolute delight.
These packages are Caring Packages and are meant to reflect what families of our fallen veterans live through every day. For them every day is Remembrance Day. Ray Stapleton Ingonish