A few days ago, I attended the funeral of a veteran of World War II who landed with Canadian Forces on
Juno Beach on June 6 th , 1944.
He survived the war, returned home after it was over, became a dentist, a husband, a father, a grandfather,
and a respected community leader. He was deeply loved by his family, his patients, and his work
colleagues. On his 100 th birthday, he was asked about his life. “It’s gone by so fast,” he answered with a
smile. After a long life well-lived, he passed away at the age of 101.
Like so many veterans, he did not talk about his wartime experiences, choosing to spare his family the
images he had witnessed first-hand.
Our World War II veterans will soon be gone. Even though we wish we could forget war, we must
remember. As the beneficiaries of the sacrifices which were made to secure our freedoms, it is our solemn
This is the mission of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The Legion works to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families, while
supporting our communities and ensuring we remember those who were prepared to give their lives for
During the lead up to Remembrance Week, Legion members distribute poppies, which we wear in honour
of everyone who has served in a Canadian Forces uniform. This year, the Legion has begun to use
poppies and wreaths that are biodegradable. The funds raised by the Poppy Campaign go to support
veterans and their families, and local donations stay local.
Our Royal Canadian Legion branches in Acton and Georgetown are comprised of enthusiastic and
dedicated volunteers. They too deserve our thanks; ensuring we never forget.
Our municipal elections have concluded, and new Councils and School Boards have been elected to
provide local leadership in our communities.
I want to thank everyone who, with their candidacy, demonstrated their willingness to serve. Each of
them articulated their vision of how to make their community better, and gave voters a choice. I look
forward to working with our new Councils and Boards.