Forever grateful to our protectors
In November, we display our tremendous gratitude for those who have, and continue to, protect us. This year we also commemorate 100 years of the signing of the Armistice and the courageous people who fought in the First World War. Defending a country brings out many heroes; some have been written in history, others have quietly continued to protect our country.
My father, a retired DND pilot who rarely described his duties, made many sacrifices during his career. As a pilot during the Cold War, he and his teammates endured gruelling survival training. On many occasions, heavy-hearted goodbyes were said to family members before leaving for days to fulfil “alert” duties. This immediate-readiness routine meant being airborne within minutes to chase and intercept intruding aircraft. Flying in the dead of night over the Atlantic Ocean was unsettling for the CF101 pilots, knowing that in an emergency, their floating vest would become a tool to locate them instead of rescuing them.
To the brave Canadian soldiers and their families, to my father and the pilots who shared the same roles, I will be forever thankful and on Nov. 11, I will raise a glass in your honour.
Marie-Josée LeBlanc, Ottawa