This week we had the opportunity to interview a member of our local military, from his home in New Brunswick. This is what one soldier had to say about joining the military and what it means to him.
“I’m often asked why I joined the military, and numerous great answers come to mind. But one answer sticks out and remains as true as ever, to help people. To help not only the citizens of our own country but also citizens of other countries whom I believe deserve the same quality of life that we as Canadians enjoy on a daily basis. When choosing a career I knew right away that I wanted to contribute something to help people who for the most part couldn’t help themselves. I mulled over a few careers that afforded this option. Doctor, paramedic, personal support worker, even nursing. All of which I decided took too much time to do. I didn’t want to essentially waste four years or more of my life, gathering debt and personal problems when I could be focusing on my passion, my passion for making a difference in people’s life, regardless of race, creed, nationality or any other unimportant variable. When we get right down to it people are people and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and enjoy a quality of life equal to ours.
This is the reason I am a strong supporter of My Home Apparel. Because they recognize a growing problem in Canada and choose not to ignore it. They choose to combat homelessness, and make a positive difference. Much like the Canadian Forces chooses to fight wars to settle injustice and fight for democracy to establish a higher quality of life in countries where the oppressed cannot fight for themselves, My Home apparel chooses to fight their very own war here at home to contribute to the stunning and irrevocably unacceptable homeless rate in our own country.
So, this remembrance day remember those who fought to establish freedoms for those who didn’t have them. Remember those who fought for our freedom, the brave souls who paid the ultimate price without hesitation, to fight tyranny and corruption, to end oppression and fight for humanity. Like we all are obliged to do, whether it be fighting a war in a faraway country for those who cannot fight for themselves, or fighting battles on the Homefront like homelessness, It is equally as important.
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think is right, free to oppose what I believe to be wrong, and free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. I am proud to call Canada my HOME.
Lest We Forget