Car­ing Pack­age critics ‘missed the point’

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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