Respect and fairness

Letter to the editor from Lloyd Atkins, Vernon, B.C.

To the editor;

Wreath-laying ceremonies poignantly remind us of the horrendous price others have paid for our freedom.

Honouring the sacrifice of our veterans by simply pinning a poppy on our lapels is too easy. Perhaps we should be pinning the poppies on our bare chests to symbolically experience, if only for a few moments, the pain combat-scarred veterans endure.

Veterans with disfigured bodies, mechanical limbs, broken hearts and shattered minds deserve our compassion and our government’s assistance every day of the year. If you feel the same way, pressure your federal politicians to treat veterans with the respect and fairness they deserve.

Lloyd Atkins

Vernon, B.C.