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Veterans day just passed, I saw hardly a thing in the media about some of the toughest soldiers on the planet - our brothers across the border in Canada. While we've been down here thumping our chests about kicking ass in Iraq, I think most of us have forgotten that for the past few years Canadian boys and girls have been fighting and dying in Afghanistan as part of the international force there.

The next time you're walking through an airport and you see soldiers in uniform waiting to catch a flight, please do what I do - walk over, shake their hands and thank them for their service. You'd be amazed at how just that little bit of a thank you can lift their spirits.



P.S. - The story related to the video below occurred before 9/11 but it's something that applies to Canada's current situation overseas regardless.


On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the stores leadership role in adopting the Legions two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the stores contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven oclock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terrys anger towards the father for trying to engage the stores clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.

Thank You to the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch #10 and Woodbine Height Branch #2 for their participation in the Video.

Please visit www.terry-kelly.com


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