Jesse Willms: Don’t Forget To Honour Remembrance Day
Posted by Jesse Willms on November 02, 2010
Remembrance Day, November 11, is just around the corner. I know that for a lot of people Remembrance Day is simply a day off of work to spend time with your family and friends. But, it really should be more than that. Remembrance Day was created to honour the men and women who have served this country in our armed forces. Many of them paid the ultimate price in battle in order for us to live in our great free society.
Setting aside one day a year to remember them and thank them for their service doesn’t seem like a lot to ask. So, I hope you will keep them in your hearts and minds. I know I will. In fact, in their honour I have just made a $1,000 donation to the Greater Edmonton Poppy Fund.
The Poppy Fund is administered by the Royal Canadian Legion to assist veterans and their dependents. It provides dental and eye care, medical equipment, prescriptions, shelter, clothing and other assistance for those who need it. What I like about this fund is that the money goes directly to helping people in our Edmonton community. The people who benefit from the Poppy Fund are our local friends and neighbours who have sacrificed themselves for our country. It seems to me like the least we can do is offer them a helping hand when they need it. After all, they took a stand to help protect our way of life and literally put their lives on the line for us. That’s why I’m happy to use this November as a time to start my partnership with the Greater Edmonton Poppy Fund.
In addition, on Remembrance Day itself I’m going to head down to the ceremony at the University Pavilion and lay down a wreath in honour of our departed service men and women. I’m happy to do so. This is all part of my long-term effort to find ways to help people in the Edmonton community live better lives. I have always believed that our primary responsibility as human beings is to be good neighbours.
That’s why I’ve supported World Vision, the Bissell Centre, Santas Anonymous, The Mustard Seed and Habitat For Humanity.
I also encourage you to find out what you can do on Remembrance Day to show your support for our troops. If you can’t give money, I understand. Simply telling other people about the Greater Edmonton Poppy Fund helps spread the word and makes it easier for them to get their job done.
UPDATE (Nov 13/2010): Here are some photos from the ceremony at the Butterdome.