A better way to honour veterans
Good day, I realise that my letter is very late but I have finally built up the courage to express my outrage.
The event of May 9, 2014 last was a National Day of Honour for all Afghanistan Veterans. My husband and I were very proud and honoured to participate in this memorial ceremony with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 32 in Bay Roberts.
My husband, a true Afghanistan Veteran, was the speaker who delivered the touching words about the reality of what he and others like him lived through out there. Also as he mentioned at the time: “Unless you’ve been a soldier, you just won’t understand.” We, as former soldiers, accept this statement wholeheartedly because we know that a soldier’s life can only be truly understood by other soldiers.
What is really upsetting to us is the fact that you centered your article on Miss Taylor Hutchings’ camouflage prom dress; hardly an appropriate picture to honour Veterans who gave their lives in Afghanistan. That picture was very offensive and in very poor taste.
The event was a military tribute to Afghanistan Veterans, not a prom.
A picture of the War Memorial or the parade or a Veteran would have been better suited to the event and would have truly honoured those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
Thank you for your consideration.
— Nicole Badcock writes from South River