A bet­ter way to hon­our vet­er­ans

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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