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

Dear Veteran,

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.

Yours truly,

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.

OPEN; Respectful Comments MOST Welcome 8 comments

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Awesomely useful and beautiful! God bless our soldiers- within our borders and yours. They serve the people - hopefully. God bless the Soldier!

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

The veterans were on my mind yesterday. Our little vilsge had a small brass band play ´the last post´ 11.0 a.m. From my window l could see people com t a dead stop in the street. Old men standing with their hands behind their backs. Made me cry. Have we learned nothing. WAR. Nobody wins

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Micky Dee, Thanks for your feedback. You got it right on the mark, inside and out, and more, I'm sure. Salutations to you and all the people who fight for true freedom.

It is all a complicated affair, but in my sway, I say: Let our motivation be PEACE for ALL; and may God bless the humanity that promotes it, pursues it, and keeps it. Even as writers, politicians, officers, soldiers, and/or peacekeepers, let our contributions be positive ones!

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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dim Flaxenwick, Thanks for your thoughtful reply. The effect of war is truly profound in many ways. It affects so many real people in such real, life-changing ways it is truly stunning. The unspeakably egregious horrors can scarcely be described, yet they manage to etch their signature on all who are exposed to its rampage and misery. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and including this poignant picture in words.

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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Timothy.

Good Hub! I am from Ontario Canada to.I live 1 hour from the 401..Highway of Heroes.


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Timothy Donnelly 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for your comment Angie Ashbourne. The Highway of Heroes has been appropriately named, along that route, don't you think?

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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Timothy

I agree with you that the 401 Highway ... Highway of Heroes was appropriately named.

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Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

Hi Tim, like your article, have posted a link to it from my C-Troops website. Voted up.

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