Even though I’m retired from my paying job, the work of my new life as a writer continues, even on a road trip holiday! You know (if you follow this blog) that I come from a military family. My book Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story is all about that kind of family life. So when driving through the beautiful Lake of the Woods area in northwestern Ontario, stopping overnight in the lush, summer-bushy lake-encircled fishing and hunting town of Sioux Narrows, what did we see across from the motel? Sure, the cute log-cabin-styled gift shop, the “Lazy Loon” hamburger joint, yes, even a kitchy little mini-putt. But wait, what was that unmistakably military vehicle sitting off to the side from the tourist plaza? A Canadian LAV? In this town? We ran over to inspect.
It was a work-in-progress monument with a plaque dedicated as follows :
“In recognition and memory of the efforts of approximately 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and the 162 Canadians who died in the cause of bringing peace and freedom to the people of Afghanistan.”
Thank you, my fellow Canadians in Sioux Narrows, for this.