Loachman said:I just hope that somebody films and posts the landing of the Chinook on the front lawn of Parliament the evening before.
Disgruntled veterans express anger over Day of Honour
The Toronto Sun
FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 10:30 PM EDT | UPDATED: SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 11:24 PM EDT
Two retired veterans have strong opinions of Friday’s National Day of Honour — and they aren’t keeping quiet about it.
On their drive home to the GTA Saturday afternoon, Sgt. John Tescione and Capt. Wayne Johnston spoke to the Sun to explain what the day meant to them. Both suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and now advocate for more help for veterans.
Johnston’s favourite quote is “Honour the fallen and help the living.” Both feel the second part, a crucial one, is being tossed aside.
“You want to honour them? Don’t give me an airplane flying over me,” said Tescione. “Honour the living so we never have to have this conversation again.”
“Yeah, I’ll say this, and you can write it if you want,” said Johnston. “The last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism.
“Right now, I’m sorry, I view this prime minister and this government as scoundrels,” he added.
Both Johnston and Tescione say they appreciate the idea behind the day, but it doesn’t do much in terms of honouring Canada’s returning soldiers, who still need a lot of help, whether it be financial or health related.
Johnston believes giving returning soldiers financial security will help their mental state by giving them dignity. Tescione, on the other hand, wants more money put into giving veterans the mental health help they need.
Either way, one thing is clear. Both want veterans to receive the respect they deserve after fighting for their country.
During his speech on Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a promise. “And we have also come together as Canadians to make a collective promise,” he said. “And it is simply this; we will remember.”
“It’s a punchline,” said Johnston.
Tescione’s fear is that May 9 marks closure on the Afghan mission, which makes it too easy for the public and government to forget about those who still need help.
That help should be the priority – not just a day of honour.
“They think a f---ing parade is going to change my mind?” asked Johnston. “Not a f---ing chance.”
I can't find an info-machine-written reference, but several quotes from people in the military here and from an government-side MP here suggest speaking points or internal communication saying it's a one-shot deal. Also, nothing in the Order-in-Council (OIC) indicates it's going to be an annual event:George Wallace said:Is this day going to be an annual Day of Honour, not just for the Afghanistan Mission, but for all Missions/Operations? Is it going to be a platform to remind the public of those who serve to protect them and their way of life? Or is it just going to be another day, where all who don a uniform to protect them will go unnoticed?
Compare that to wording in the OIC declaring the annual Air India-related National Day of Remembrance:.... His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, orders that a proclamation do issue declaring May 9, 2014 as a “National Day of Honour” ....
.... Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, directs that a proclamation do issue requesting the people of Canada to observe June 23 of every year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism ....
Garrison Petawawa holds Afghanistan commemoration parade
Many soldiers were training n Alberta during national day of honour
21 June 2014
Garrison Petawawa hosted a solemn commemoration parade on Saturday after many soldiers from the brigade missed the National Day of Honour while training in Alberta.
A national ceremony was held on Parliament Hill on May 9 as a one-time event to honour the 40,000 who fought and the 158 who fell during Canada's mission in Afghanistan.
On Saturday, 3,150 brigade members filled a square at CFB Petawawa to honour the men and woman who died in Afghanistan.
The families of military members were also invited.
Donna Beek said the commemoration brought her closure, after losing her son Trooper Corey Hayes to an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan in 2009. Hearing Amazing Grace brought tears to her eyes.
"They played that at my son's funeral and on the tarmac. So every time I hear that it comes back," she said. "Today is closure. Time to move on."
Col. Peter Dawe, the commander 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) based at Garrison Petawawa, said a second commemoration will be held on June 28 for a Petawawa-based military leader who died during training in Wainwright, Alta., in May.
Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt was killed when an armoured carrier overturned during a training exercise.
"We're still grieving that. We haven't really had a chance to close the book on that, frankly," he said.
Bobbit was the commanding officer of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA).