Make remembrance more than something you feel.
Make it something you do.
Every year the City of Cote Saint-Luc honours its veterans who established the bustling suburb when they returned home after the Second World War. Their numbers may grow smaller year after year, but our resolve to remember and to honour their service and their sacrifice grows stronger with time.
As our veterans began to age, the City started commemorating Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) each May, when it was easier for the vets to gather outside in warmer weather than on a typical November 11th. The local Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion nowadays spends Remembrance Day indoors at the commemoration at the YMHA on Westbury Ave in Snowdon.
This year, I’m very proud to honour my own father, George Nashen, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. Like many others in his class at Baron Byng High School he rushed to volunteer despite being on the young side. and to the chagrin of his protective mother.
My father was stationed in London, England where he was posted to the accounting division to handle the mountains of paperwork pertaining to supplying the troops serving overseas. While he didn’t see the front lines, many of his close friends did, never to return. On many occasions, the bombardment over London forced him to take cover with many close calls – one such bombing just a few blocks away blowing out the glass doors to his bedroom.
After the war, my father was one of the builders of modern Cote Saint-Luc, marrying and moving in during the boom years of the 1950s and starting a family. Like so many Cote Saint-Luc families with similar stories, ours has been here ever since.
My father continues to be a role model for our large and expanding family.
On this Remembrance Day, I stand with my father and our entire family and salute our 700,000 veterans and remember those who served and made the supreme sacrifice.
We will remember them.