UPDATE: 10 OCTOBER 2013
WHAT: Veterans Among Us
WHERE: Across Canada
WHEN: 1 & 30 November
WHO: All who have served in the Canadian Forces and RCMP
HOW: By wearing medals, insignia, badges, pins, or anything else that visibly shows you to be a veteran
WHY: To show civilians how many veterans there are, so that they will pay attention to veterans issues and help solve problems.
1 in 35 Canadians is a veteran of the Forces or RCMP, yet many people do not realize they know veterans. Veterans can be reluctant to discuss their service with those outside the military/mounted communities. While people living near bases may be more aware, those in larger centres or away from bases probably don’t know much about the contributions made by veterans. It is also normal for people to ignore news which is not connected to their life. For that matter, when people hear ‘veteran’, many still think of old men in wheelchairs on Remembrance Day – and not the reality of who veterans are.
Veterans Among Us is designed to change that.
By participating, veterans will be helping citizens to understand that veterans are male and female, from all parts of Canada’s cultural mosaic, and are all around them, all the time. It will promote knowledge and understanding of veterans issues in a non-political, non-confrontational way. Instead of elderly men, people will start seeing their friends, neighbours, co-workers, whenever they hear the word ‘veteran’. It will give individual Canadians the chance to say thanks, to ask questions about your service, and to find out about how we are treating you.
Join the event.
For the latest press release, click here.
For more info, including sounds and images, click here.
Want to join in, but have nothing to wear? No problem. You can indicate your service to Canada by purchasing one of these finely crafted I SERVED / J’AI SERVI LE / CANADA lapel pins from Joe Drouin. Designed in consultation with Colonel Pat Stogran and Our Duty, this 1″ pin features the stylized maple leaf once worn by the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Show your service all year round!