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Lieutenant Governor stresses importance of honouring veterans

    On Saturday, January 14, the Drumheller Legion held its annual Veterans Dinner to honour those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces. This year, a special guest paid his respects to the men and women of Drumheller.
    The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Colonel (retired) Donald S. Ethell, was invited to and attended the dinner.
    Upon arriving, Ethell and his wife, Linda, mingled with guests and spoke with the Afghanistan veterans who live in the area.
    “I think it’s great when towns like Drumheller recognize and honour their veterans. Not only the veterans, but the spouses and families. In this day and age when someone joins, it’s a family event. It’s important that you remember the family. It’s important that the community recognize the sacrifice service personnel make, and it’s appreciated by those who have served and their families,” said Ethell.
    The Sea Cadets who volunteered to serve dinner got a special treat. Ethell, one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces, took the time to meet and chat with all of the cadets at the dinner.
    Ethell asked various questions, such as how long they’ve been with the cadets and whether they have been able to get out to sea.
    All of the cadets were excited and inspired after meeting Ethell.
    “They’re at the age when they need to be energized to join the army, sea, or air forces. A number of them had been out to HMCS Quadra, on the west coast, and completed training there. That’s good. They get familiar with things, motivation, and discipline. The key of course is the leaders. The Lieutenant here is doing a heck of a job as the commanding officer,” said Ethell. “This Legion is supporting the youth of Canada, that’s our future.”

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