June marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Living Assistance Services would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the 14,000+ Canadians who died serving and those who are still with us. We salute their bravery and sacrifice, not only on the anniversary, but every day.
We have many veterans as clients and have the privilege of providing care to those who did so much for us. Our caregivers have been touched by these brave and selfless heroes, many of which still live with the lasting effects of battle.
As the years pass and the number of living Canadian veterans of the Second World War gets fewer, it’s even more important to hear their stories and know what they did and why, and cherish our freedoms, which they fought for.
Our veteran clients have shared so many great stories. We have cried with them as they’ve opened up about the hardships and unfathomable experiences of war. We have laughed with them as they shared funny memories of time spent with other heroes who became lifelong friends. We also get to hear about the challenges and the joys of what their lives are today, which we are so honoured to be an integral part of.
We can’t express enough the immense pride we feel having the opportunity to be a part of the lives of some of these incredible seniors. Having the opportunity to provide compassionate and respectful care to our veterans is an honour that is not easily put into words.
Being able to live in their own home symbolizes independence and the freedom to make their own decisions – something that rings true for all seniors, but is especially poignant to those who fought for the freedom of others.
From helping make their homes more comfortable, lending an ear to hear their stories of life before and after their call of duty, or providing comfort or medical home care to those still dealing with the emotional and physical effects of their sacrifice – we are grateful for the opportunity.
How Will You Remember
As with other years, some of our caregivers will have the pleasure of accompanying these special clients to events to remember and praise their service. It’s just another way that we get to do our part to honour them.
We will continue to cherish these clients and the thousands of others who fought for Canada.
If you too would like the opportunity to show your respect and help others continue to remember their sacrifice, a list of events in your area is available through the Veterans Affairs Canada events page.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We will never forget.
David Porter, CPCA
Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care