Honour the sacrifice of men and women in uniform, Barrett reflects on address to 56th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery

For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2011

Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett recently had the opportunity to address the 56th Field Regiment royal Canadian Artillery, at the Brantford Armories. Today he told members of the Ontario Legislature how honoured he was to be part of the regimental parade.

“More than 25 Afghanistan medals were handed out to soldiers assembled from armories in St. Catharines, Simcoe and Brantford – an overwhelming 75 per cent of the regiment has served overseas,” Barrett said. “What an impressive bunch – we’re proud of the accomplishments of Task Force Afghanistan 1-10 and Operation Athena.”

In his remarks Barrett spoke about his own experience from time spent in Afghanistan in 1969. “It was a hell hole then – the heat, dust, sand and rocks,” he described. “The difference, there was no war then. So I can only imagine the tough times our military have been going through, but they do it with courage, good spirit and commitment”

Barrett also reminded members of the Legislature that we have a duty to others, and nowhere is that sense of duty exemplified more than in the men and women in uniform.

“We must always honour the sacrifice of these individuals as well as the sacrifice of the military families who stay behind when a loved one goes to war.

“To our troops, wherever we may find them, we say thank you for your sacrifice and send good wishes for the future.”

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629