A new campaign that raises awareness about veterans hasn’t made it to Kamloops yet, but the support of the Royal Canadian Legion suggests it soon will.
Legion Branch 52 president Craig Thomson said he’s not familiar with citizen’s advocacy group Our Duty’s Veterans Among Us campaign.
But he said any initiative that brings attention to Canada’s veterans is a good one.
“Sometimes I think most people haven’t realized what most of them have done,” Thomson said Friday.
Thomson takes direction from the Legion’s B.C./Yukon Command headquarters in Surrey. If command says the Legion endorses the campaign, then he will take it up, he said.
Now in its third year, the campaign recently attracted the attention of the Legion in the west. B.C./Yukon Command executive director Inga Kruse said her officers brought it to her attention.
Kruse said there are a number of initiatives that support Canadian veterans. What she likes about Veterans Among Us is it encourages veterans to wear their medals in public.
When most people think of a veteran, they only see someone who is aging, she said. The reality is many veterans now look young enough to be in high school.
The campaign calls on veterans from the RCMP and Canadian Forces to don medals on the first and last day of November.
“I think it would be so great for people to see those medals and ask veterans about them,” said Kruse.
Thomson said it’s important to keep veterans in the public eye.
“Anything that gets people to remember veterans throughout the year is a great thing,” he said.
Our Duty is a non-profit organization working for fair and adequate treatment of Canada’s veterans.