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Talk of Western separatism is fanning the flames, while war amputees pass the torch

Dear Editor,

Sean Borle, 24, recalls meeting Second World War veteran Lloyd Brown, 96, for the first time six years ago at a Remembrance Day ceremony. “We had this magical moment where I reached out my right hand and he put out his left, to shake hands,” Borle says.

Borle was born missing his left hand, and Brown lost his right arm due to shrapnel from a shell on Oct. 18, 1944, while serving with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy.

On Remembrance Day, the pair share a special tradition of laying a wreath on behalf of The War Amps, an organization entering its second century of service this year.

The War Amps was started by war amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, sharing all that they had learned.

Borle grew up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs, emotional support, and regional seminars to young amputees across Canada. It was started by War Amps Members like Brown, who realized that their experiences of living with amputation could help others.

Through what they call “Operation Legacy”, Borle and his fellow members of CHAMP have now “taken up the torch” of remembrance to pay tribute to the veteran members of The War Amps, whose efforts have made a difference in the lives of thousands of amputees.

“Knowing that there are people like Lloyd who understand what it’s like to be missing a limb, makes you feel like you’re not alone,” says Borle.

When Brown attends the Remembrance Day ceremonies, he reflects on all those in his regiment who never came home. “It’s heartbreaking to think of all those who lost their lives and it’s important to remember them,” he says.

For Borle, it’s special to share Remembrance Day with Brown. “I would not be the person I am today had it not been for that decision more than 100 years ago to begin The War Amps,” he says.

“It is our commitment as Champs that the legacy and sacrifices of Lloyd, and all the war amputee veterans, will be remembered and carried forward.”

Martine Lépine

Manager, Communications

The War Amps

Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Editor,

According to the Alberta government’s own website, Alberta produces 3.8 million barrels of oil per day, every day; a figure that is forecast to increase each month between now and 2020.

Yet to hear the post-election rhetoric from east of the Rockies, you would think that Justin Trudeau has personally turned off the taps and people in Alberta were starving on the streets. Despite the increases in production, jobs in the oil sector are declining due to automation, as is the case in just about every industrial sector across the whole world.

The politicians responsible for fanning the flames of so-called “Wexit” [Western Exit] need to consider their responsibility to speaking the truth before they set the whole country to civil war.

Jim Ryan

Spences Bridge, B.C.



editorial@accjournal.ca

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