With Remembrance Day approaching, the Lieutenant Governor took the weekend to celebrate our troops with two different events: a public open house and a gala.
On Friday and Saturday, the Lieutenant Governor’s Support Our Troops program open house was held, giving members of the public the chance to speak with personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as to view displays and demonstrations of military equipment.
Brad Hrycyna, a Canadian veteran and member of the Support Our Troops Gala committee, said having this time to interact with our soldiers helps combat misconceptions.
“You might see (the military) in movies, but here, you actually get to talk to a real-life soldier,” explained Hrycyna. “You’re able to talk to young soldiers, old soldiers, corporals, privates — they’re not the ones towing the party line, they’re actually able to talk about their particular aspect of the forces.”
To celebrate our soldiers, on Saturday night, the Lieutenant Governor hosted her National Support Our Troops Gala.
The gala was created to give the public the chance to learn and brush shoulders with military personnel, as well as to recognize those who have fought — and are still — fighting for our freedom.
Corporal Julia Wrenger of the Saskatchewan Dragoons said the night is special.
“We don’t join the army to be recognized,” said Cpl. Wrenger. “So when people want to give us honours like that, it is very humbling.”
Along with celebrating the troops, the National Support Our Troops Gala also raises funds for various military charities, including: the Soldier On Fund and the Military Family Fund.