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REMEMBRANCE DAY RECOGNIZES VETERANS ARE HUGE REASON WHY CANADA REMAINS STRONG, PROUD AND FREE
When you meet a man like Roy Burt, you quickly realize just how important it is to remember all of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving their country during wartime.
Burt, who will soon turn age 90, says the six years he spent as a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy were some of the best days of his long and happy life.
He was so anxious to join the military, Burt travelled all the way from Hamilton, Ont. to Victoria to sign up with the navy. Because of his young age, he spent a lot of his time playing drums in the naval marching band.
As soon as he turned 18, he was able to fulfill a dream and become an active member of the navy.
While Burt, the former post master in Osoyoos, will always fondly remember those years serving his country and risking his life during the Second World War, he also remembers that many good friends never had the chance to return home.
Because he has bad knees and can’t sit for an extended period of time, Burt will not be attending Sunday’s Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos.
However, he will spend the day remembering all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
A large crowd traditionally fills the gymnasium each and every Remembrance Day here in Osoyoos and organizers are expecting another large and supportive crowd.
Considering this is a town where many residents are seniors and most can recall the horrors of war and loved ones who didn’t return home, Remembrance Day in Osoyoos will always hold special significance.
Remembrance Day is all about having Canadians honour all those who fought so valiantly to protect the rights and freedoms that make Canada one of the greatest places in the entire world to live, while remembering the tens of thousands who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
As the vast majority of veterans who fought in the Second World War have now passed on, it’s more important than ever to remember and honour people like Burt, who fought so valiantly as a young man to ensure Canada would remain proud and free.
With thousands of Canadian soldiers recently sent home from active duty in Afghanistan, we are still reminded that there are many members of the Canadian armed forces who are willing to go into battle to preserve everything we hold dear in this country.