Recog­ni­tion long over­due

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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.

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