Recognition long overdue
getting phone-calls from Montreal and other areas in Quebec. Often it’s the children of the Veterans who call me.” Special ceremonies will be held next spring to award the medals and certificates. “Those Veterans will not be receiving their medals or certificates in the mail, that’s for sure,” he said.
Asked about the reactions of the Veterans who received medals earlier this year, Mr. Groulx said: “Some of the Korean Vets said they didn’t believe it was happening; the Korean Vets are the ‘Forgotten’. Most of those guys were from the Van Doos, so they were really excited to see the ‘Red even more impressed by it all were the widows; you could see the tears in their eyes.” Occasionally there are Veterans who are reluctant to accept a medal. “I called a Vet I know who was in the Normandy invasion. His wife told me he didn’t want to know anything about it.”
Mr. Groulx’s connection with the military and his respect for Veterans also manifests itself in another retirement activity given all of a fellow Legion member’s medal mounting equipment about fourteen years ago, along with some instructions, Mr. Groulx then taught himself the quiet and exacting craft of preparing military and service medals for display. “Now I love it. Everyone’s medals around here have been mounted by me!” He’s also a little worried, at his age, about who will take over the task. “I’d like to train someone, but it has to be someone who understands the military. The medals are so important because they repre the medals and you know which campaign that Veteran has gone through.”
Robert continued, explaining why he was so passionate about the recognition of our Veterans: “I come from a family of war Veterans, my father, uncles. When I was very young I remember meeting those war I saw what they did for us.”
If you would like to find out if you or a loved one is eligible for either a certificate and pin from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for participation in the Second World War, an Ambassador of Peace Medal from the Korean Consulate for participation in the Korean War, or a French Legion of Honor Medal for participating in the liberation of France, please call Robert Groulx at 819 565-1904, or email him at rgroulxleg@ videotron.ca. He’ll be very happy to speak with you.