Thursday, March 13, 2014

Village Office Flag

Many of you noticed that the flag in front of the Beiseker Village Office was flying at half mast Wednesday morning.  Usually, our flag is lowered to honour a local resident who has passed away.  Such was not the case today.

March 14, 2014, marks the end of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan.  Our Canadian Flag, along with many others across the country, was lowered this morning to pay tribute and honour those Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the past 14 years.  It was raised to full mast in the afternoon to welcome home the thousands of Canadian soldiers who spent time, there.

The jury is still out as to whether our mission there really did what we wanted it to do.  We did build schools and health clinics which catered to girls as well as boys.  We built irrigation projects and opened up roads.  They tell us that the Taliban is less strong than it was.

Only time will tell if we were successful in our mission there.  In the meantime, I think it's important that we recognise the sacrifice made by our soldiers over there.  We must also realise that we have to provide the best care and services possible for our new crop of war veterans.

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