Rocky Mountain House veteran speaks about importance of poppy

By Keanna Nelson - RD News Now
November 11, 2017 - 4:00am Updated: November 11, 2017 - 10:06am

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, AB —On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

The importance and significance of the poppy is one thing local Veteran Victor Michel would like people to have in mind this Remembrance Day. 

"It is a symbolic item that tells us to remember those who served, fought, died in battle and then came home and suffered" said Michel. 

At the age of 18, Michel was enlisted. A  war was not taking place at the time, but he was deployed to the Middle East, Northern Israel, for six months on a peacekeeping mission. 

"My trade is logistics and we looked after parts and food. The British supplied us with our individual ration packs and we had to send one box of each years rations to the hospital in Ismailia, Egypt. The Polish looked after our medical and transportation, so they would test it and they would tell us if it was okay or whether we had to do something with it" said Michel. 

Michel adds that this is a day to remember not only the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but for the people who were the backbone of the war as well.

"You can have ten million soldiers out on the front line but if you haven’t got anybody back home working to make the material that they need to get their job done what’s the sense in sending them. Be proud of your veterans and it matters not who they were, what they are, just be proud of them." 

A ceremony will be put on by the Legion and will take place Saturday, November 11 at West Central High School at 10:40a.m.

The Caroline Legion will also be holding a memorial service Saturday, November 11 at 10:50a.m. at the Legion Branch. 

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