Kamloops is invited to come out and greet a trainload of brave soldiers on Tuesday when the Rocky Mountaineer pulls in for a stop on its inaugural Life Changing Train for Heroes.
The event celebrates members of the armed forces and their families from Canada and around the world with a rail journey from Vancouver to Lake Louise.
“We consider ourselves creators of life changing experiences,” said Randy Powell, president and CEO of Rocky Mountaineer. “The goal of our new program is to give back to heroes and their families who have sacrificed so much to help and protect others.”
Each year, Rocky Mountaineer will salute heroes with a two-day trip that brings spectacular scenery and experience to its honoured guests.
The first trip welcomes Canadian soldiers Paul Bornn and John Lowe as well as three other wounded veterans from across the globe.
"We are very proud to partner with Rocky Mountaineer on what will be an experience of a lifetime for our veterans and their families,” said Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada.
Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada offers a wide range of programs and services aimed at helping find solutions where gaps have left Canadian Forces members – serving or retired – in need.
The first Life Changing Train for Heroes departs from Vancouver on Tuesday where hundreds of people will gather to celebrate the launch of the new program and honour the heroes with a ceremony involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Vancouver Police Department.
The train pulls into the Kamloops station at Station Plaza Road at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday with plans for another gathering of dignitaries and admirers from the public.