630 CHED will show respect on Remembrance Day with 2 minutes of social media silence to recognize the sacrifice of Canada’s military at home and abroad.
At 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, our social media accounts will observe 2 minutes of silence to coincide with the ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Plus, we will observe 2 minutes of social network silence at 11:00 a.m. local time during our own area ceremonies.
We invite you to join with us in observing this social media silence, as we remember them.
With Remembrance Day upon us, younger veterans are being asked to join the legion to help keep it going.
Robert Torrie, the president of Edmonton’s Kingsway Legion, says with a smaller army, in more peaceful times, we no longer have a high number of returning veterans looking to sign up with the legion.
“Of course, our most current are ladies and gentleman that have gone overseas — more than once — to Afghanistan, Iraq, or wherever their government sends them. And they themselves don’t classify themselves as veterans. They’re just servicemen that went out and did their jobs. Same as we did during my generation from the late 50’s until, really, Afghanistan kicked loose.”
Torrie points out there are no First World War veterans left alive in Canada, with the Second World War and Korean veterans dwindling.
He says it’s important for younger veterans to join the legion to help keep it going, since it’s the only advocacy group that has the ear of the House of Commons when it comes to getting changes made.
Torrie is also concerned that he’s not seeing as many people wearing poppies above their hearts during Remembrance Week.
“We went quite a few years without anybody dying in battle like we did in Afghanistan and it’s becoming kind of a hum-drum, oh-yeah, it’s Remembrance Day — oh I should wear a poppy. When in actual fact it behooves everybody to wear a poppy during Remembrance Week.”
Torrie says the poppy money collected goes towards assisting veterans in need dealing with stress or health problems, and also to support legion events like the track and field competition.
“A lot of people do not know that over fifty percent of our international athletes, in particular track and field events, get their start nationally through the Royal Canadian Legion’s national track and field competition every summer.” (bl/td)