The Royal Canadian Armed Forces, Tribute To Our Troops, with links and extras!
Addition to the original submission
This addition is best suited as a prequel (dated November 26, 2011) to the original submission below.
In addition to paying homage through complimentary verbiage and respectful rhetoric as to the bravery and selflessness of the Armed Forces, we can also do something else to make our support more genuine and concrete - as we are each able in our own various capacities.
I suggest that in order to demonstrate more than what is essentially passive support we [also] follow these simple suggestions, being members of the civil and free society that they protect and defend in good faith:
· PAY your taxes honestly; this includes individuals as well as corporations. Don’t hide your wealth off-shore. Obviously, the no-nonsense practice of honest tax remittance can go a long way in ensuring the provision of immediate and ongoing resources for the Enlisted - and for the Veterans.
· WRITE to your government (refrain from “occupy” movements; prefer to elect the employment of a more persuasive “penmanship”), and tell the powers that be of the paramount importance of having well-supplied Forces, INCLUDING the aftercare necessary for injured Veterans to continue to live-out a dignified and comfortable retirement or semi-retirement.
· If working directly or indirectly for the supporting infrastructure of the Armed Forces, do your job WELL; in fact, do it more than well - because there are real people down the line involved whose lives and well-being depend on it - indeed, depend on you! This includes manufacturing, maintenance, delivery, and all the logistics required to possess, operate, and manage a well-oiled machine. Industry must be diligent in doing their important part.
· Buy your Remembrance Day Poppies from the Air Cadets (on behalf of the Veterans) when they are available, and be generous in your purchase. Consider donations to the various official Legions between Remembrance Day dates.
· Help out where you can the families of the soldiers that paid the price in your stead.
· All in all, RESPECT your Country, your Freedom and Liberty, your Laws, your Employment, and all of your Armed Forces, past, present and future.
· Remember, “this world is still a beautiful place” (DESIDERATA, Max Ehrmann, 1872-1945).
Lest We Forget
With due respect and gratitude for your continued individual and group Patriotic commitment to the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, your voluntary service to our great country, and your various distinguished intrepid reputations, I would be honoured to have this Tribute I composed accepted by your membership.
Timothy A. Donnelly
The Royal Canadian Armed Forces fight gallantly,
For the oppressed and enslaved to Grow and Go FREE.
In behalf of us, and for all we have in our places of security,
They have gone, and do go – Representing You and Me.
Pledged to Discipline and Service, they help keep us from harm, selflessly.
While through battle and foe, they valiantly endure woe and adversity.
Wherefore Pray for the Efforts of Our Troops – and their Safety;
And let us Always REMEMBER the Truth of our Veterans, Respectfully.
Help to give and pay Tribute to Our Active, Our Injured, and Our Dead;
For they verily brave the perils and horrors of war and conflict In Our Stead.
Written November, 2010; by: Timothy A. Donnelly.
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