ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

November 2017

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Dominion President's MESSAGE A s we gather across this great country in Remembrance of our fallen may we recommit ourselves to the Aims and Objects of this grand Association, steeped in history and tradition, to ensure that our Veterans and their families are forefront in our efforts every single day. The Dominion Board of Directors' Meeting was held in London, ON in late October and we had many good discussions regarding both Association business and the benefits and programs available to our currently serving Armed Forces, Veterans, RCMP and their families. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the London area units for their wonderful hospitality and comradeship while we were in town. Please ensure that your membership has the opportunity to read and review the new "CAF/VAC Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy" as well as the Veteran's Ombudsman's new report, "Continuum of Care: The Journey from Home to Long Term Care" both of which will have been sent electronically to all Units from the Dominion office. I will have the honour of attending Remembrance Day ceremonies this year at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium and then Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Canadian Memorial at Mount Sorrel. The Hill 62 monument is dedicated to the members of the Canadian Corps where 8430 casualties were lost in defence of Ypres in 1916. May we always remember the sacrifices of Canada's sailors, soldiers and aircrew in the defence of our Nation. Let us continue the good work of the generations of members that came before, and to pass the torch to the next generation that will continue our Association into the future. Lest We Forget. Ronald G. Smith, Acting Dominion President SHOULDER TO SHOULDER 5 INVICTUS A SPECIAL EVENT As I noted in the last edition of Shoulder to Shoulder, the INVICTUS games were being held in Canada this year. To be more precise they were being held in Toronto, Ontario at a variety of sites from September 23 to September 30. I went to the Games on the last day to observe the action and take in the atmosphere of those attending. It was an amazing experience. The main meetings place for the participants, their families and friends was at the Sheraton Centre Hotel located in downtown Toronto. More than 550 vets from 17 allied countries participated in 11 adaptive sports. Canada, United States, the UK and Holland each brought up to 50 participants with the other countries making up the balance of athletes. The ill, injured and wounded servicemen and women were a group of people that will long stay in my memory as they participated in the many sports. Some service personnel had both legs and other limbs missing and still showed incredible drive, positivity combined with amazing mobility and skill. I watched the final wheelchair basketball tournament and saw the Dutch and US teams fight and an incredibly action packed game. The US won the game by the small- est of margins. The stands were full of orange shirts (Holland) and others wildly waving the US Stars and Stripes. It was an amazing event with lots of emotion and raw talent on the floor. At one point a wayward ball hit a Dutch player on the face. It was totally unintentional as the whistle had blown and the US team player imme- diately approached the Dutch player and apologized. There was good sportsmanship seen at all levels. The closing ceremony was pretty impressive with many entertainment personalities participating. The highlight for this writer was the closing remarks of Prince Harry, who was obviously loved by all the athletes and those at the games. All those who volunteered to help make these games the success they were are to be thanked as without them it would not have run as smooth as they were presented. Oh yes thanks to the OPP, the City of Toronto Police who escorted the busses from the hotel to the variety of athletic sites. I have never been in a bus that went through downtown Toronto accompanied by siren blaring motorcycle police officers. Next year the Games are to be held in Australia. If you happen to be there make sure to visit INVICTUS IV. FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK By Derek Walter, Editor

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