Even though we are only five days away from leaving on vacation, my wife and I had planned to do our Day of Sharing that our employer, Xerox, pays for volunteering to organizations in our community. Our choice is to staff a donation station for the Poppy Drive that happens every year before Remembrance/Armistice Day in Canada. This worthwhile cause is the largest fund-raising event that our veterans have each year. Everyone donates whether you are young, old, rich, poor, disabled, challenged or infirmed, every Canadian knows that wearing the Red Poppy is a symbol of support for our troops. There was not person who went passed our table that did not do a double-check to see if they had their Red Poppy over their heart. If they did not have one they stopped and donated for another one, most have donated 3 or more times during these days that lead up to November 11th, as they are not on that day’s clothes or have lost them due to seat belts dislodging them or have just misplaced them. The people do not complain about making another donation or that they still have last years Red Poppy they just stop and drop anywhere from 25 cents to 20 dollars for the relatively inexpensive items.

For the last few years my wife and myself have spent our day just saying “Good Morning”, “Hello”, “Good Afternoon” and “Thank you” for 8-9 hours. It is a small price to pay for the people who lay down their lives for me and my wife to say just those words. It is our way of saying THANK YOU to all the soldiers past and present, living and dead who give us our way of life.

We may be going on vacation, enjoying ourselves, getting very excited about leaving and such. We both know the sacrifice that others have taken for us to have that enjoyment.

I wish to take this time to thank all the people who have placed even one penny in that donation box as that might have been the last cent you had, but you none the less donated it. I would also like to thank all the Soldiers in uniform for doing the work that a lot of others have shied away from and that are called to do things that most people would not understand without question.