Hon­our­ing war am­putees

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - Rob Lar­man Di­rec­tor, PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE Pro­gram, The War Amps

Though they con­sid­ered them­selves to be or­di­nary guys, these war am­putees served their coun­try in wartime and con­tin­ued to serve when they came home.

As Remembrance Day ap­proaches, I would like to pay trib­ute to the am­putee vet­er­ans who founded The War Amps, which marks its 100th an­niver­sary this year.

On re­turn­ing from the First World War, they came to­gether to help each other adapt to their new re­al­ity. They then wel­comed the next gen­er­a­tion of am­putee vet­er­ans fol­low­ing the Sec­ond World War, cre­at­ing the Key Tag Ser­vice to pro­vide them with mean­ing­ful work and a ser­vice to Cana­di­ans that con­tin­ues to­day.

Re­cently I joined a young child am­putee named Tif­fany in lay­ing a rose at the grave of Cur­ley Chris­tian, the only quadru­ple am­putee to sur­vive the First World War. Tif­fany ben­e­fits from the Child Am­putee (CHAMP) Pro­gram, just as I did as a teenager fol­low­ing a train ac­ci­dent. We paid trib­ute to Cur­ley both for his sac­ri­fices at Vimy Ridge and for help­ing to start a pro­gram that has as­sisted us and am­putees across the coun­try.

Though they con­sid­ered them­selves to be or­di­nary guys, these war am­putees served their coun­try in wartime and con­tin­ued to serve when they came home. I can say with pride that their legacy and sac­ri­fices will be re­mem­bered through gen­er­a­tions of am­putees, like Tif­fany and me, long into the fu­ture.

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