23 June 2011
Ottawa – The Royal Canadian Legion is planning a nation-wide Afghanistan Veterans Appreciation Day to demonstrate Legionnaire’s gratitude to the serving men and women, and their families, for their dedication during the Afghanistan combat mission, as it transitions to its next phase.
“What better way to tell our troops that they’ve made us proud to be Canadian, than to cheer them on in person?” asks Varga.
“Words are not enough to show how grateful we are,” says the Dominion President, Patricia Varga. “We know that there are many troops still serving overseas in this mission, but we believe that the end of this combat phase is a great opportunity to recognize and thank our troops for what they’ve achieved so far,” she adds.
As branches have different operating schedules, these events will take place on or about August 20. Afghanistan veterans and their families will be special guests and each veteran will receive a gift and will be offered a free one year membership to the Legion. Event agendas will vary from branch to branch, but each will include a short Remembrance ceremony to honour those who have fallen. Anyone interested in participating in these events should contact their local branch.
The Royal Canadian Legion
Patricia Varga is the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. A black and white picture of the Dominion President is available at www.legion.ca/PVarga.jpg .
For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760.
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