This month we honour the service and sacrifice of those who served Canada. We bow our heads and observe a moment of silence not only to commemorate these brave men and women, but to reflect on the paramount importance of the freedoms for which they fought.
It is important to remember that although our reflections may look different this year, as they did last year, their significance remains constant. Regardless of our circumstances, we can always take the time for a personal moment of silence and reflection to honour their memory.
The last two years have been a struggle for so many Canadians, and veterans have not been exempt from the hardships we have faced. Those already struggling before the pandemic may have found themselves in increasingly difficult situations.
I urge those who can donate or lend a helping hand (safely) to do so.
Of course, the easiest way to do this is to purchase a poppy pin in support of the Royal Canadian Legion. The Royal Canadian Legion offers many ways to assist our veterans which are outlined on their website.
For those who want to make a greater contribution, there are volunteer opportunities with organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, VETS Canada, and the Veterans Food Bank of Calgary. As the holiday season approaches, a great way of engaging your family with the local community and learning our history is to volunteer together.
Of course, with COVID-19, we must be very mindful of following public health guidance when volunteering with vulnerable populations. However, you can always donate food and household necessities to the Veterans Food Bank of Calgary.
Whether you commemorate together or alone, please know that you are joining millions of folks across Canada to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans. Lest we forget.
MP – Calgary Confederation Len Webber proudly serves the following Communities: Balmoral, Banff Trail, Brentwood, Briar Hill, Bridgeland, Cambrian Heights, Capitol Hill, Charleswood, Collingwood, Crescent Heights, Dalhousie, Greenview, Greenview Industrial Park, Highland Park, Highwood, Hillhurst, Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill, Montgomery, Mount Pleasant, Mountview, Parkdale, Point McKay, Queens Park Village, Renfrew, Riverside, Rosedale, Rosemont, St. Andrew Heights, Sunnyside, Tuxedo Park, University District, University Heights, Varsity Acres, West Hillhurst, Winston Heights-Mountview