Statement Banner

Jim Maloway, MLA Elmwood
November 28, 2014

Support for Veterans

It was an honour to represent the Province at recent Remembrance Day ceremonies at two of our areas' legions. I was honoured to place a wreath at the earlier ceremony at the Royal Canadian Elmwood Legion No. 9 held at Elmwood Cemetery.

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the cold, brisk and sunny morning and the playing of the “Last Post” had a particularly poignant feel to it. It was great to see so many brave souls pay tribute to the many generations of men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedoms that we too often take for granted.

The Royal Canadian Prince Edward Legion No. 81 held their ceremonies at St. Alphonsus School for the second year in a row, and it was a full house once again, standing room only. President David Harper and Poppy Chairman Glenn Walker and their many volunteers helped to make Prince Edward Legion ceremonies a memorable one as well. It was great to see the 177 Air Canada Royal Canadian Air Cadets out for a second year.

One of Prince Edward's veterans attending the ceremonies was Jack Sinnott, bombardier in the artillery. Mr. Sinnott enlisted when he was 20 years old in 1943 and began his service in the European theatre on the Juno Beach on D-Day, or, as he says, quote, his free trip of Europe.

Legions like Prince Edward and Elmwood do important fundraising and work hard to recruit new members while the federal government continues to fail in delivering crucial front-line care to veterans. Soldiers often come home with complex needs and sometimes that includes post-traumatic stress disorder.

We owe a tremendous debt to our veterans and military personnel and they deserve our unwavering support. Thank you to our veterans and military personnel.

We are all grateful for your service.