CORPORAL BRENT GARNHUM, 21 FROM TRURO
To me, it is a big deal being here in the reserve unit, especially as an infantryman, because basically when they went into battle I looked back and I said to myself ‘That’s what I would have done back in the day.’
My subordinates … I want them to remember that it’s because of what they sacrificed for us – that’s what we have here today. So again, maybe in another 100 years’ time from today, we can be the ones remembered. Hopefully, no one falls on the field of battle, but I want my soldiers to be ready and remember why those before them sacrificed, so they’re ready to do the same.
My message to the public would be, don’t take things for granted. What we have here today in our society was built, in my opinion, on what the Canadian Armed Forces did, and they marked the path for us and what we have today.
Go out, support your local reserve units, come to the open houses, see what we have to offer. Just don’t take life for granted.
Corporal Brent Garnhum