Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr visits Prescott
PRESCOTT - "I was born in this country in 1969. Every day of my life I have lived in peace and security as a result of the men and women who have gone before us. Canada is a wonderful place. It truly is. Veterans made it so and our Canadian Force members keep it that way."
Those were the words of the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada as he spoke to the crowd assembled at the Royal Canadian Legion's Fort Wellington Branch #97 in Prescott on Saturday, November 5.
The Minister, currently touring the eastern part of the country, touched down in the Fort Town for a lengthy meet and greet with local Legion members, dignitaries and residents. Hehr, after a very informal entrance, took the time to shake hands and converse individually with the majority of those gathered prior to being officially introduced and addressing the room.
"What a thrill for me to be here," the soft spoken member of the Trudeau Cabinet said. "It really is remarkable to be here for the start of Remembrance Week at a place that has a long proud military history, going back to 1812...with the many members of this community that have served over the course of our time as a nation."
Taking the time to personally thank the Korean and Afghanistan veterans present at the event, Hehr gave praise to the generations of military men and women who have represented the nation.
"Since Confederation, 2.8 million Canadians have served in the armed forces, from Vimy Ridge to Juno Beach to the peace-keeping missions of the 70s, 80s and 90s...from the Gulf War to Afghanistan, to our current efforts in the Middle East, each and every one of them have done us proud."
*extended Remembrance Day coverage in the November 9 issue of the Prescott Journal