Wear a poppy this Re­mem­brance Day

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

I had the priv­i­lege of grow­ing up in The War Amps Child Am­putee (CHAMP) Pro­gram which was started by war am­putee veter­ans. Through Op­er­a­tion Legacy, which is made up of mem­bers of CHAMP, we pay trib­ute to the veter­ans who founded the As­so­ci­a­tion and all those who have served our coun­try.

I have par­tic­i­pated in Op­er­a­tion Legacy as far back as I can re­mem­ber by lay­ing wreaths and at­tend­ing re­mem­brance cer­e­monies. I have only scratched the sur­face of un­der­stand­ing how much these sol­diers sac­ri­ficed, but I am ea­ger to spread the re­mem­brance mes­sage to other young peo­ple so that we and the gen­er­a­tions af­ter us know who to thank.

Canada as we know it today ex­ists be­cause of the men and women who served, sac­ri­fic­ing life and limb so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions could live freely and safely. As young peo­ple, we are that fu­ture gen­er­a­tion. It is up to us to say thank you and re­mem­ber them be­cause their sac­ri­fices weren’t for noth­ing, they were for ev­ery­thing. On Re­mem­brance Day this year, I chal­lenge young peo­ple to at­tend your lo­cal cer­e­mony, wear a poppy over your heart, or at the very least, take a mo­ment at 11 a.m. to pause and say thank you.

Rachel Quilty, The War Amps

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