West Is­land Vet­er­ans mon­u­ment be­ing built

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It is es­ti­mated that 25% of sol­dier re­turn­ing from an over­sees de­ploy­ment have dif­fi­culty re-in­te­grat­ing into their civil­ians lives.Vet­er­ans Af­fairs re­ports that up to 8% suf­fer PTSD and at its worst this hor­ri­ble af­flic­tion cre­ates de­pres­sion which may re­sult in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and trag­i­cally even home­less­ness. As ci­ti­zens we have a duty to care for our men and women who wore the uni­form. A group of lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers are do­ing just that.

The RE­SPECT Cam­paign in­au­gu­rates its RE­SPECT Mon­u­ment of HWY 40 in Kirk­land Satur­day Oc­to­ber 21st at 1:00 PM.This mon­u­ment is a sym­bol meant to re­mind us all that when our troops re­turn home, they of­ten bring the war back with them. They may fight a per­sonal war against de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety or years af­ter. The mon­u­ment is sup­ported by com­mu­nity do­na­tions along with pri­vate and pub­lic grants.

The RE­SPECT Cam­paign started back in Oc­to­ber of 2011, Mr. Doug Belle­vue, Pres­i­dent of Task Mi­cro Elec­tron­ics Inc. af­fixed a twenty foot Re­spect Ban­ner on his corporate head­quar­ters along the Trans-Canada High­way in Kirk­land. To Mr. Belle­vue, the ban­ner was a dis­play of re­spect for Cana­dian mil­i­tary and vet­er­ans.That en­deav­our sparked the found­ing of the Re­spect Cam­paign, a part­ner­ship with Cana­dian Forces Morale and Wel­fare Ser­vices along with Canada Com­pany for the corporate ban­ner Cam­paign chaired by Hon­orary Lieu­tenant Colonel Steve Gre­gory. Doug and Steve joined with Ma­jor Richard Grat­ton, the founder of He­roes Park in Bea­cons­field and the RE­SPECT Cam­paign was launched.

The RE­SPECT Cam­paign has three ini­tia­tives:

1. The build­ing of a RE­SPECT Mon­u­ment that will serve as a con­tin­u­ous re­minder of the many is­sues fac­ing our vet­er­ans. The Cam­paign founders hope that it will be­come a new Mon­treal land­mark for Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary, Mon­treal’s 375th an­niver­sary and the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge. 2. The sale of RE­SPECT Ban­ners (the Yel­low Rib­bon un­der­lined with the word RE­SPECT). These line the high­way ev­ery fall now.

3. The host­ing of Fo­rums that bring to­gether all of the char­i­ties and other stake­hold­ers that are fight­ing to sup­port PTSD and Home­less­ness among our vet­er­ans. The Fo­rum en­hances col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween groups and gives a stronger voice to vet­er­ans in need. The next Fo­rum will be held on the 13th of Novem­ber and will bring to­gether over 40 dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion. Please join the RE­SPECT Cam­paign at 1:00 PM for the un­veil­ing of the mon­u­ment. THE TRANS CANADA RE­SPECT MON­U­MENT The mon­u­ment will be un­veiled Satur­day Oc­to­ber 21st, 2017 at 1:00 PM at 16700 Trans Canada High­way, Kirk­land, Québec.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Fo­rum or the Ban­ner Cam­paign call Steve @514-919-5858

with his arm ex­tended of­fer­ing a vic­tory/peace sign. He has re­turned. He stands to re­mind us that for many who come home there is no vic­tory.They have not found peace. They re­main in the con­flict where they were serv­ing.They have not re­turned home. They should not be left be­hind. Com­mem­o­ra­tion and Ap­pre­ci­a­tion The mon­u­ment will com­mem­o­rate the past ser­vice of the men and women of our Cana­dian Armed Forces and those who serve to­day. It will hon­our the sac­ri­fice of those we have lost, those who have been in­jured and the fam­i­lies whose lives have been for­ever changed. It will stand for the re­spect of those who con­tinue to suf­fer long af­ter the con­flict is over and their duty is done. It will cre­ate aware­ness and serve as a con­tin­u­ous re­minder of our serv­ing mil­i­tary and vet­er­ans that suf­fer from PTSD and home­less­ness. About the Artist Colonel (Cana­dian Armed Forces, Re­tired) An­dre D. Gau­thier OMM, CD, is a Cana­dian mon­u­ment sculp­tor and de­signer in var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing bronze cast­ing.The Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege of Canada Gau­thier Col­lec­tion con­sists of 60 sculp­tures. His works are found in mil­i­tary and pri­vate col­lec­tions in Canada, the United States and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Mil­i­tary units have pre­sented his sculp­tures to cities with which they have had a long as­so­ci­a­tion. His works have been pre­sented to a mem­ber of the Bri­tish Royal Fam­ily, the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Canada, two Cana­dian Prime Ministers, Cana­dian Cabi­net Ministers and dozens of vis­it­ing for­eign dig­ni­taries. Five of his works are in the per­ma­nent art col­lec­tion of the Cana­dian War Mu­seum (Ottawa, Canada).

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